©

Trabuco Canyon trip planner

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Itinerary planner

+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close
Trip Planner USA  /  California  /  Orange County  /  Trabuco Canyon

Trabuco Canyon

4.3
Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Wildlife Areas
Trabuco Canyon is a small unincorporated community located in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains in eastern Orange County, California, and lies partly within the Cleveland National Forest.Trabuco Canyon is north of the town of Rancho Santa Margarita. Plano Trabuco Road leads from the top of the canyon south to Rancho Santa Margarita.HistoryTrabuco is Spanish for blunderbuss, a type of shotgun. Some credit a Franciscan friar traveling with the Gaspar de Portolá Expedition in 1769 with the story that a blunderbuss was lost in the canyon, after which the area was named. John (Don Juan) Forster received a Mexican land grant in 1846 and established Rancho Trabuco. The grant was bordered by Rancho Cañada de los Alisos on the west, and by Rancho Mission Viejo on the east.Trabuco Canyon was the site of attempts to mine tin in the early 1900s. Mining remains from this activity include: tunnels into the sides of the canyon (closed for public safety); the stone foundation of an ore-processing stamp mill; and several dams on the creek.
To arrange what you want to do in Trabuco Canyon, use our United States road trip planning tool.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Trabuco Canyon

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Trabuco Canyon

©
Park
O'Neill Regional Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
©
Park
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Wildlife Area
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Winery / Vineyard
Hamilton Oaks Vineyard
3.4
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Trabuco Canyon

©
Water Body
Mission Viejo Lake Mission Viejo
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
©
Water Body
Laguna Niguel Regional Park Laguna Niguel
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
©
Specialty Museum
Orange Empire Railway Museum Perris
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Trabuco Canyon

San Francisco Trip planner BEST FOR: Island, Bridge, Pier / Boardwalk Los Angeles Trip planner BEST FOR: Theme Park, Specialty Museum, Historic Walking Area San Diego Trip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, Zoo, Beach Yosemite National Park Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Geologic Formation, Hiking Trail Anaheim Trip planner BEST FOR: Disney Park / Activity, Ride / Activity, Room Escape Game