VAIL LAKE DAM RIDE ~ Saturday, November 17th




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​​Date: Sat. Nov.17th

Time: 10 am

Staging: Behind Leonesse Winery on Santa Anita Dr

Bring: Lunch and a chair

Contact for RSVP:

The ride is going to be about 2.5 hours and is a very easy ride. The ride will go up Butterfield Canyon to the base of the dam.

The dam was built by the Vail Ranch as a reservoir for their cattle operation. The ranch itself was about 150 square miles and encompassed the areas of Temecula, De Luz, Murrieta, La Cresta and the Santa Rosa plateau. The canyon has historical significance for the Temecula area as it was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Mexican-American War. It occurred in 1846 and is known as the Temecula Massacre.

We will be leaving from the staging area at 10am.

To get there; go down DePortola to Leoness winery (38311 De Portola). Turn right on Los Alamitos Dr. At the end of that street turn left onto Los Alamitos and park along that road.

After the ride we'll have lunch at our staging area, so you will want to bring chairs. The ride is capped at 25, so get your RSVP’s in ASAP!

You must be a current member of RCHA to ride.  To join or renew go to our Membership Page 

We plan to ride to the upper picnic area at Robert Renzoni Vineyards (and Robert will ride with us!). There we'll have a CELEBRATORY PICNIC, with the landowners who have helped reopen and improve the trail - Heather and Jason Altepeter, John Veness, BJ and Wendy Fazeli (who unfortunately cannot join us), and Robert Renzoni. We'll have a special pourer at the tasting barn at the picnic area, so come for the picnic! Those of us who like riding in the Valle de los Caballos REALLY like this segment. We are so happy to have the cooperation of the landowners to get this segment actively on the trail network!

This ride was capped at 20 riders and is now full due to limited hitching post space at Renzoni’s. 

If you want to join us at the picnic, mail a check for $7.00 to RCHA, P.O. Box 1622, Temecula CA 92593 by November 5th.  Lunch will be from 11:30 -12:30.

Nov 12 - Celebratory Ride and Picnic

Nov 17 - Vail Lake Dam ride