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Arroyo Seco
West of Greenfield, Los Padres National Forest, California

Hardly anyone seems to know about this spectacular canyon on the inland side of the Santa Lucia Mountains. The drive up from the Salinas Valley passes neat vineyards and increasingly high hills, until it narrows to a dramatic canyon between towering mountains. On summer weekends people from the Salinas Valley congregate at the river pools.

From Arroyo Seco one can drive a steep winding road up over a summit and down to Carmel Valley and the coast. A much more dramatic road leads through the heart of the mountains to Indians, but unfortunately it has been closed for years.

Wikipedia: Arroyo Seco (Salinas River)
See also: Arroyo Seco AVA

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On the Elm Avenue bridge over the Arroyo Seco, west of Greenfield

On the Elm Avenue bridge over the Arroyo Seco, west of Greenfield

On the Elm Avenue bridge over the Arroyo Seco, west of Greenfield

near Greenfield, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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The Arroyo Seco River valley

The Arroyo Seco River valley

The Arroyo Seco River valley

near Greenfield, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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Vineyards on the terraces above the Arroyo Seco River

Vineyards on the terraces above the Arroyo Seco River

Vineyards on the terraces above the Arroyo Seco River

near Greenfield, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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On the bluffs above the Arroyo Seco at Arroyo Center

On the bluffs above the Arroyo Seco at Arroyo Center

On the bluffs above the Arroyo Seco at Arroyo Center

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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Recreation area at the Arroyo Seco River bridge

Recreation area at the Arroyo Seco River bridge

Recreation area at the Arroyo Seco River bridge

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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Southernmost of

Southernmost of "The Lakes" at Arroyo Seco

Southernmost of "The Lakes" at Arroyo Seco

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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Westernmost of

Westernmost of "The Lakes" at Arroyo Seco

Westernmost of "The Lakes" at Arroyo Seco

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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