Did you know Rancho Nipomo and the Dana Adobe were once recognized by the United States of America as the center of California? To find out why and to learn more, visit the Dana Adobe and Cultural Center! You can engage in the history, culture, and the local environment just by visiting the Dana Adobe and Cultural Center.
The Cultural Center and Permanent Exhibit are both open daily from 11:00am to 3:00pm and are priced with admission. DANA Members receive complimentary admission. Availability is subject to holidays and special events.

Weekend Adobe tours are available without appointment from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
$10 for adults and $5 for Children 6-17. Children under 6 are free.

Private Tours of the Adobe are available by appointment weekdays from 10:00am until 3:30pm for $10 per person. Private Tours should be booked at least 48 hours in advance and payment is due upon booking.

Self-Guided Rancho Tours are $8 per person, which exclude entry into the Dana Adobe. The Self-Guided Tours are available weekdays from 10am until 4pm and weekends from 11am until 3 pm.

Please call 805-929-5679 to book an appointment, or



The DANA Adobe and Cultural Center is committed to providing high quality educational programs to our guests. Whether it’s “A Hike through History”, a school field trip, the DANA summer camp, the Sunday Speaker Series or one of DANA’s special events, there’s always fun, enthusiasm and hands on learning to be had at DANA.


There is so much to see at Rancho Nipomo. Check out the miles of trails, adventures, history, while you exercise as you meander across the 130 acre Rancho Nipomo property.

Learn about the historic trails, roads, stagecoach route, and railroad that once crossed the rancho.

Watch for the wildlife that roams the property. You won’t have to look far to find some creature. While you’re exploring, be sure to find the Historic Orchard, Mission Vineyard, Horno, original rancho Tallow Vat, the Captain’s Sycamore – and so much more!

Trails include the Heritage Trail, Bird Trail, Railroad Trail, and the 100-Acre Trails. Trail Maps are available at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center or can be downloaded below.



Visiti the three small gardens at Rancho Nipomo including the Pollinator Garden, Chumash Garden, and Kitchen Garden. Each garden presents unique, hands on learning opportunities for students and families to enjoy.

Mission Vineyard

In collaboration with the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo, DANA established a Mission Grape Vineyard which represents the beginning of California’s wine culture. The grapevines are directly descended from the first vines brought to California’s Missions. The vineyard provides a great opportunity to learn about the start of winemaking in California. Located within a beautiful stone and plaster wall, the vineyard creates an intimate setting for special events.

Orchard photo with words coming soon over it.

Historic Orchard

Walk through the historic Dana Orchard, where fruit trees from the Spanish and Rancho era have been planted to represent many of the crops the Dana family had on the rancho. The scenic orchard is designed to provide both insight into early California agriculture as well as the impact these trees from around the old world have on eating habits.