Some may not know that in addition to our ziplines, we also offer thrills of a different kind: guided photography tours of the historic Santa Margarita Ranch.

Led by local fine art photographer and master printer A.J. (Jim) Vincolisi, the tours invite you to turn your lens on the ranch’s massive legacy oaks, historic buildings, towering peaks, rolling meadows, stunning vistas, abundant wildlife and eccentric rock outcroppings.

New Times reporter Anna Weltner recently joined Jim for a tour, and her resulting rave review is out in this week’s edition.

Weltner writes, “Under the auspices of Margarita Adventures, Vincolisi’s photo tour takes photographers—both seasoned and amateur—to sites of scenic and historic interest throughout the ranch. On Vincolisi’s tour, groups of eight or fewer are granted access to areas generally closed to the public, with Vincolisi playing both historian and chauffeur.”

She concludes, “All in all, the tour spans four hours. By the end, I am delirious with sunshine and beauty and wonder. As a tour guide, Vincolisi is not only knowledgeable but abundantly gracious, offering thoughtful assistance on the lowliest of matters. And I’ve found a new hobby.”

Are you ready to fire up your own camera? Check out our photo tours page to RSVP for one of our upcoming dates.