One of the best kept secrets in Central California, the Cuyama Valley is a stunning three hundred square mile valley with a rich, California history. The Cuyama Valley was home to native Chumash population and later settled through Spanish Land Grants. There is abundant BLM and National Park land throughout the greater Cuyama region to explore, including the Carrizo Plaines, Los Padres National Forest, Dick Smith Wilderness Area, and countless back country hiking and biking trails. Roughly 3,000 people live in the entire Cuyama Valley and the main economy is large-scale agriculture. The townsite of New Cuyama was formed in 1950 as a vibrant mid-century company town by ARCO and has changed dramatically since their departure in 1978.