This unknown part of San Luis Obispo County is a true driver’s delight on roads taking you back in time. Countless miles of scenic wilderness is home to a vast array of wildlife. The experience to and from this destination takes you through picturesque landscapes. The tour skirts a few local small towns and loops through the National Forest wilderness. Take this adventure through Pozo Valley for an unforgettable trip.

Pozo Valley, CA

Journey through the rustic lands on a thrilling drive via backcountry roads. This adventure begins as you zig-zag the many rural roads alongside Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero and Santa Margarita. Heading southbound through vineyards, ranches and farms you will arrive at Calf Canyon Highway. We recommend stopping in Santa Margarita for a complimentary snack at Caliwala Market. From there, you will leave civilization and begin “The Road to Pozo”.

Pozo is an unincorporated community along the historical Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route that operated from 1858 to 1861. Pozo means “well” or “hole” in Spanish. You will understand why it’s called Pozo as you descend into the Pozo Valley. Visit the Pozo Saloon for lunch and take in the history of this legendary landmark. The saloon was established in 1858, and was primarily a watering hole for weary travelers.

The panoramic views in Pozo are incredible, as it is surrounded by the Garcia Wilderness and the Machesna Mountain Wilderness. This adventure route does not have your backtracking. Instead, you will experience the winding roads back to another small ranching community. Creston was founded in 1884 on the Rancho Huerhuero Mexican land grant. If you missed the opportunity for lunch at the Pozo Saloon, then be sure to stop in Creston.

The final portion of this tour will take you through the scenic back roads of Paso’s eastern vineyards. As you navigate to the finish line, remembering where you have been, you can now say, “yeah, I’ve traveled The Road to Pozo”.


Spectacular trails.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  3/22/2019 • Daniel N. – Lucerne Valley, CA

Extremely well-maintained vehicles. Friendly and outgoing service – Ben was awesome! I run Jeeps back east and I can tell you that this is a fantastic way to spend a few hours exploring the desert. You will not be disappointed.

What to Bring

To get the most enjoyment out of your ride, we suggest you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Every person is required to wear a helmet and sunglasses are recommended. A DOT-approved helmet is provided to borrow during your rental period. A valid driver’s license is required for all drivers – NO EXCEPTIONS! Credit or debit card is required for payment and security deposit.

It is highly recommended to also bring a hat, sunblock and additional layers of clothing. We do provide some complimentary water and refreshments, but it’s always a good idea to bring additional water and snacks. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all of the epic moments!

Safety & Sustainability

Polaris Adventures focuses on the safety of every rider, from vehicle overviews and training before every ride to a modern check out process – our outfitters are there to make sure you have a safe, memorable, adventure.

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The Road to Pozo

Half-Day: Starts at $249*

* plus taxes & fees

Type: Self-Guided GPS Tour Rental

Duration: Approx. 3-4 hours to complete (self-paced) and 95 miles.

Open: 7 days a week

Includes: Helmet and Fuel

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