Paso Robles

Paso Robles is the northernmost city in San Luis Obispo County. It is at the junction of Hwy 101 and Hwy 46 stretching from the coast to the San Joaquin Valley. It is also known as El Paso de Robles, or the pass of oaks and is simply called Paso by locals. It was actually incorporated as a city in the late 1800s.  The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox even used Paso Robles as a spring training home.


The following information is provided for you to make decisions about places to visit and entertainment while you are there. It is for informational purposes only and we may have missed some available businesses and things to do.


Paso Robles is home to several restaurants, bars, 200 wineries, and tasting rooms. It is adjacent to San Miguel and Camp Roberts to the north. There is also an airport and Ravine Water Park, as well as the annual summertime California Mid-State Fair. It is the gateway to Lake Nacimiento, 3 golf courses, several wineries, Mission San Miguel, and the junction leading to the Central Valley.

The Paso Robles Inn was a health spa using the natural mineral waters found there and frequented by many old time Hollywood stars and celebrities including Jack Dempsey, President Theodore Roosevelt, Phoebe Apperson Hearst (the mother of William Randolph Hearst – see our Cambria & San Simeon page), actors Douglas Fairbanks, Boris Karloff, Bob Hope, and Clark Gable for the mineral spas. There are 3 mineral spas now.

Enjoy a stroll through Paso Roble’s city park and stop in the gazebo. You can visit the Pioneer Museum or Children’s Museum. There is the Estrella Warbird Air Museum and Woodland Auto Display at Estrella Winery. At Franklin Hot Springs, you can spend a day and night camping or in cabins, and also fish at the ponds.

There are antique shops and thrift stores to visit, as well as a large Walmart, Target (Technically in Templeton), and Lowe’s stores with other stores and shops in their centers. Ride in an old stagecoach at Harris Stage Lines or a carriage from White Horse Carriage. Go up in a hot air balloon, or take a helicopter tour.

Paso Robles is also the agricultural hub of San Luis Obispo County, reflected in the country and western themes and entertainment of the county’s California Mid State Fair held at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds. It has also been known for horse shows and rodeos. Agriculture is still a mainstay for business in the community.

Agriculture is still the largest employment, well above the state average. The next two occupations would be cleaning and maintenance, then business management. This may be because of the large number of businesses in the area, especially national chains like Walmart, Target, and Lowe’s.

Paso Robles has primarily a white population, with perhaps 1/4 Hispanic. Cost of living is slightly above the national average. About 2/3 of the population is married, so marketing should be focused on families and couples. There is also a satellite campus for Cuesta Community College located near San Luis Obispo. Even so, only a small amount of residents actually get past a year or so of college.

While there seems to be a fairly high number of assaults, thefts (including autos), and burglaries, total crime is still below the national average. I am sure many of these happen around fair time when the population of Paso Robles grows greatly as well as the number of tourists that visit. It also used to house a state juvenile detention facility (California Youth Authority) that was closed several years ago. You can still see it on your way to the Paso Robles Airport.

Paso Robles has suffered damage from many earthquakes centered around the state and is relatively close to the San Andreas Fault. The town’s clock tower crumbled due to a 6.5 earthquake nearby in 2007 damaging other buildings in the downtown area. There are plaques commemorating the losses. Look for the new clock tower when at the city park.


Visit all of our community pages: Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero & Santa Margarita, Cambria & San Simeon, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Los Osos & Baywood Park, San Luis Obispo & Avila Beach, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Nipomo, Santa Maria Valley


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