360° VR Panoramas of El Camino Real
The Upper Salinas Valley
King City to Cuesta Pass, California

The flat row-crop floor of the Salinas Valley ends at the San Ardo oil field. South from there the river runs between dry hills, increasingly covered with low density urban development centered on Paso Robles and Atascadero.

Just south of Santa Margarita the valley ends abruptly at the Santa Lucia Range. Highway 101, descendant of El Camino Real, and the railroad climb over the mountains at Cuesta Pass. The headwaters of the river are just to the east.

Wikipedia: Salinas Valley

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Camp Roberts Rest Stop

Camp Roberts Rest Stop

Caltrans' Camp Roberts rest stop on Highway 101

near San Miguel, California

Date photographed: June 1, 2010
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The old railroad town of Santa Margarita, north of Cuesta Pass

The old railroad town of Santa Margarita, north of Cuesta Pass

The old railroad town of Santa Margarita, north of Cuesta Pass

Santa Margarita, California

Date photographed: February 25, 2006
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