During your stay, we encourage you to explore the beautiful trails that Ojai has to offer. Thanks to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, our trails are better maintained and protected. The OVLC is a local organization that works to keep Ojai a natural and beautiful space, which is a major driver of the city’s tourism. Many tourists visit the valley to take a break from cities and spend time closer to nature. OVLC’s work has helped keep Ojai beautiful for tourists and locals because they operate with conservation in mind and with care for the environment.
OVLC is run by local conservationists who share a love for the valley and want to protect open spaces. They’ve saved about 2,300 acres of land through direct ownership and conservation agreements. Their conservation efforts include trail maintenance, clean-ups, and educating the public about outdoor etiquette. For example, in 2011 they acquired land and created the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve. Though closed to the public, for now, this preserve helps protect the endangered Southern California Steelhead Trout and restore the health of the Ventura River.
Though they are conservationists at heart, OVLC encourages people to enjoy the variety of outdoor spaces they help protect. Both locals and tourists alike are encouraged to visit their hiking trails and open spaces. OVLC has even made a mobile app with maps of trails and protected spaces for improved access and awareness. Preserves that are open to the public include the Valley View Preserve off of Shelf Road, the Ventura River Preserve, the Ojai Meadows Preserve off of Maricopa Highway, and many others. These spaces have clearly marked trails that are safe for hikers of many abilities. Some areas also welcome recreational sports like mountain biking and horseback riding.
More recently, OVLC has been advocating for public health during the pandemic. On their website, they have posted new Covid-related protocols for enjoying the outdoors safely. For Ojai locals, OVLC asks that hikers maintain 6 feet distance, refrain from hiking when trails are busy, and only hike with people they live with. For visitors from out-of-town, they strongly encourage staying home to slow the spread of Covid-19. Following this guidance could mean delaying a trip to Ojai until we’ve flattened the curve and it’s safe to visit. OVLC also strongly urges hikers to walk or bike to neighborhood trailheads only. At the Su Nido Inn, complying with this guidance is easy. Our facilities are within walking and biking distance to several of the trails in the valley. Trails like Pratt, Fox, and Gridley are within walking distance from downtown Ojai
Learning about the local groups working in the areas we visit is important for respecting locals and the land. Consider visiting OCLC’s website, where you can learn about their volunteer opportunities or make a donation. Volunteering can be a great way to get to know a place and give back to others while traveling. When you’re ready to make your trip to Ojai, consider learning about other local organizations during your stay at Su Nido Inn!