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Pico Canyon
Located in the north end of Santa Clarita Woodlands Park, Pico Canyon was the site of the first commercially successful oil well in the western United States—Pico No 4. Today the canyon offers hikers, bikers, and equestrians not only a glimpse of California history, but shaded trails into the rugged and lushly vegetated headwaters of Pico Canyon, and the Santa Susana Mountains. Trails into the backcountry are accessed from a paved road leading out of Mentryville.

Mentryville
Located at the base of Pico Canyon’s chaparral-dominated slopes, Mentryville was an 1880’s oil boom town built around Pico No. 4. Named for Charles Alexander Mentry, the oil well’s tenacious driller--and later superintendent of the company that would become Chevron—Mentryville was home to over 100 families until the early 1930’s. Pico No. 4 went on to become the longest continually operating oil well in the world, closing in 1990. Historic buildings still stand including Charles Mentry’s grand thirteen-room mansion, a one-room school house, and a period barn. Pico No. 4 are registered as California State Historical Landmarks.

Trained volunteers are available on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 12 to 4 p.m. to lead interpretive tours of the historical grounds and buildings.

Directions: From the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in Valencia, exit on Lyons Road/ Pico Canyon Road. Head west on Pico Canyon Road. Nears its end, bear left at a Y and continue to the end of the road. A large parking lot is opposite historic Mentryville.

Address: 27201 Pico Canyon Road, Newhall

Park Features:

July 30 - 7pm, Evening Campfire, Vista Hermosa Natural Park
July 30 - 7pm, Evening Campfire, Franklin Canyon Park
July 31 - 7pm, Outdoors Skills Series: Finding Your Way, Vista Hermosa Natural Park
July 31 - 7pm, Evening Campfire, Temescal Gateway Park
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