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Visit the Rancho! Click here for information and to make your free reservation.
NOTE: The Rancho will be closed on Saturday, November 7, 2020. For other planned closure dates, click here.
Thank you, Cottonwood Contributors!

The 2020 pandemic forced Rancho Los Alamitos to postpone its principal fundraising events, including the annual Cottonwood Award Luncheon. Our sincere thanks to the following companies and individuals who generously converted their sponsorships to donations.Your generous support is appreciated this year more than ever.



We are truly grateful to the Don Temple Family Charitable Foundation for its generous donation to the Rancho during this exceedingly challenging year.

Gold Donors
Jacobsen Pilot Link to Long Beach CVB
Silver Donors
Silver Donors Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority BNSF Railway Metro Ports Pacific Harbor Line
Bronze and Other Donors
Signal Hill Petroleum DonnaSkinner.com toyotaTsusho
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Some of the outdoor spaces at Rancho Los Alamitos are open for you to enjoy.

For a map of the areas that are currently open for visitors to tour, please click here.
This map will be updated as additional gardens and other areas are reopened.

We look forward to welcoming you!
Images of gardens at Rancho Los Alamitos Before you visit, please reserve a free ticket for a 60-minute self-guided tour. Make a reservation via the online form or by sending an email to info@RanchoLosAlamitos.org with the time you wish to visit and the number of people in your group. Groups are limited to household members only (max 10). Our open hours are 1:00-5:00 pm on Wednesday through Sunday.

When you visit, please:
  • Wear a face covering. All visitors over 2 years of age must wear a face covering.
  • Maintain physical distance of 6 feet or more from staff and other visitors.
  • Make use of sanitizing stations and avoid touching your face.
  • Help us protect this historic site and our livestock
  • Stay home if you are sick with a cough or fever.
Other COVID-related changes we are making include:
  • The Ranch House and Rancho Center remain temporarily closed, and docent-led tours will not be available at this time.
  • Restrooms on the ground floor of the Rancho Center will be open.
  • When you arrive, please stay at your car until your reservation time and then check-in at the station in the parking lot.
  • After checking in, visitors will follow a one-way route through the Gardens and Barnyard. Please note that narrow pathways in the Gardens may not be accessible to maintain physical distancing of all visitors, volunteers, and staff.
  • Until further notice, due to current safety regulations, we are unable to accommodate Special Event Photography or Luncheon Tours. Thank you for your understanding.
During your visit, please help us preserve this historic site and our livestock:
  • Do not touch or feed the animals.
  • Do not or climb on buildings, farm equipment, and plants, including the roots of our historic Moreton Bay Fig trees.

Images of sheep, horse, goats and rooster at RLA
Please consider supporting the educational mission of Rancho Los Alamitos. Every gift helps us connect our community with rich history, compelling stories, and authentic connections to California's past. Click to make a donation
For a list of dates that the Rancho will be closed to the public, please click here.

Rancho Los Alamitos, the “Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods,” is a Long Beach City Landmark and is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rancho has a continuous history of habitation that stretches back for more than 1500 years and reflects the many people who have called it home – from the first people, the Tongva, to the Spanish and Mexican colonists, right up to the Yankee farmers of the mid-twentieth century. The 7½-acre site includes four acres of nationally significant historic gardens, a ranch house (1790-1933), and a restored barnyard of the early 20th-century working ranch. Read more >

Children and adults alike are fascinated and delighted when touring the spacious historic site, communing with nature in the lush gardens and visiting with the farm animals (horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits) in the barns area. Admission and parking are free. The Rancho is open to the public by reservation from Wednesday-Sunday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Guests enter at the Bixby Hill residential security gate at the intersection of East Anaheim Road and Palo Verde Avenue. Admission and parking are free.

Inspiring a sense of community while educating and engaging visitors with our rich history, our compelling stories and our authentic connections to California’s past.



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