6. Activities and Point of Interest
Thanks to its ideal climate, many residents are seen out enjoying the area’s parks and fields, hiking, horseback riding or practicing sporting activities at the region’s finest golf and tennis clubs.
There are multiple clubs and organizations in the community, featuring a range of sporting, leisure and intellectual interests to keep residents busy and entertained, and help them to get to know their neighbors better. Because no matter if it’s gardening, philanthropic endeavors, senior activities or fitness, there is likely a club or group for everyone; from Junior Dunkers Basketball offered by the RSF Community Center to senior center fitness classes and holiday arrangements making at the RSF Garden Club.
Some clubs, such as the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and the RSF Tennis Club, were established for the exclusive use of Covenant residents.
Other clubs and organizations in the community include: Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, RSF Community Center, Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, RSF Historical Society and Rancho Riding Club.
For the residents who love nature, Rancho Santa Fe Arroyo encompasses 68 acres of beautiful open space; featuring several different habitat types such as wetland species, non-native grasslands, eucalyptus woodlands and upland areas.
The Arroyo, located on the southeastern boundary of the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe and along the San Dieguito River, provides a natural open space far away from the developments situated further to the east.
The Arroyo also features trails for hiking and horseback riding, a small fishing pond, and an area for overnight tent camping, which is often visited by residents who have younger children.
Another great trail, the Coast-to-Crest Trail (a 70-mile connection between Del Mar and Julian), runs through the Arroyo property.
For use by local, organized youth leagues such as Little League and Youth Soccer, there are two private sports fields in the Covenant. Both are managed by the Rancho Santa Fe Association.
Rancho Santa Fe Field is the larger of the two facilities. It is located at 16826 Rambla De Las Flores and contains a full-size, regulation soccer field and a regulation baseball field with 90-foot base paths. There is also a large play structure to provide entertainment and exercise for younger children.
The other facility is the Richardson Field which was designed primarily, for younger players . It is located at 16950 Rambla De Las Flores and features baseball fields with 70-foot base paths and a youth-sized soccer field.
The Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe has unique and extensive network of trails. Nearly 60 miles of equestrian and pedestrian trails are available for the residents and their guests, offering varied terrain, and segments where the paths are wide enough to allow two horseback riders to ride side-by-side.
The trail segments ranges from forested areas with overhanging tree canopies, to trails that run along local streams, and segments with ocean vistas. This extensive network has sections to suit horseback riders of all skill levels.
One of the most popular trail segments runs around the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course, offering runners, walkers and horseback riders, amazing views of the beautiful golf course and adjacent estate homes.
The Trails & Recreation Committee manages not only the Covenant trail system, but also the parks and open spaces in the area.
Situated on a 27-acre property known as the Osuna Ranch, there is one of California’s oldest adobe homes, with nearly 200-year-old. It dates back to the 1830s and it was remodeled in 1924 by noted architect Rancho Santa Fe, Lilian Rice.
The Rancho Santa Fe Association purchased the Osuna Ranch in 2006 in order to preserve the adobe and the site, where there is also a working equestrian facility.