Rancho Buena Vista Adobe

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Visit the historic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, established in 1845. Tours available Thursday & Friday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Please Note: Last tour starts at 2:15pm) and Saturdays 10:00am - 1:00pm (Please Note: Last tour starts at 12:15pm). The 45-minute tour includes a short video presentation. Cost is $3 for Vista residents or seniors, $4 for non-residents, $1 for students, and 50¢ for children. The La Tiendita Gift Shop is a fun stop for one-of-a-kind purchases. Don't forget to stop by the Art Gallery, featuring artwork from local artists.

Note: Temporary Adobe hours as of November 1 are: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 am - 2:30 pm.

» View the History of the Adobe
» View a Video of the History of the Adobe


Upcoming Special Events


A favorite tradition of the season, the tour provides a close-up look at some of the most beautiful homes in the area. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the Vista Community Clinic’s Kare for Kids Fund, which provides high-quality pediatric care for the underserved children in North County. There will be four distinctive Vista residences with outstanding architectural details and breathtaking interiors. The tour also includes the historic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, all dressed up for the holiday season. There will be Holiday Gift Bazaar and raffles to enter.
Tour Date: Dec. 2 from 10am to 4pm
Cost: $25 Advance Purchase / $30 Day of Tour
Call (760) 631-5000 x1139 to purchase tickets


Santa is visiting the Adobe! Come take pictures with Santa and whisper your holiday wishes in his ear. Each family will have the opportunity to make a memorable holiday ornament. There will be face painting, crafts and refreshments available as well. Don’t forget to do a little holiday shopping in the Gift Shop. Tickets will be sold at the gate day of event only.
Cost: $5 per child
Date & Time: Dec. 8 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Adobe Art Gallery

In October, "The Wide World of Baskets and Gourds" by artist Carol Lang will be featured. Many pieces from her extensive collection of gourds and baskets from around the world are on view. The Adobe Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 am - 3 pm.


Directions to the Adobe & Contact

The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe is located at 640 Alta Vista Drive in Vista.

  • Field Trip/Visitor Information: 760.639.6164
  • Gift Shop Phone: 760.941.7639
  • Rental Information: 760.643.5268


Adobe Information


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