Located in South Orange County, California, Laguna Hills is a relatively young city, having been incorporated in 1991. Laguna Hills shares its name with a number of other areas in the region, including Laguna Canyon and Laguna Beach, as well as the cities of Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods.
Laguna Hills has an estimated population of 30,000 and is known as one of the best places to live in California. Laguna Hills has a strong family-friendly atmosphere, with highly-rated public schools, making it an excellent choice for young families or couples planning to settle down. Nellie Gail Ranch, a well known equestrian community, is also located within the boundaries of Laguna Hills, making it an exceptional place to live if you have a passion for horses and horseback riding.
Laguna Hills is also home to a number of parks, trails, recreation centers, and clubhouses, including Fossil Reef Park, a park 17 million years in the making, and the only surviving portion of Fossil Reef in Orange County. Being only an hour away from Los Angeles and San Diego means you’re never far new experiences, whether you choose to find those in your community or in the surrounding cities.
Nellie Gail Ranch is a premier equestrian community catering to those with a passion for horses and riding. Comprised of over 1,350 acres, Nellie Gail encompasses five different parks, four arenas and 25 miles of riding trails. Nellie Gail also has 50 acres of open, free space to explore. The equestrian center is also there to accommodate residents’ needs with box stalls, pipe corrals, pens, a Covered Eurowalker, lighted sand areas, and grooming stalls. They also offer training opportunities with work class trainers and instructors in the Hunter Jumper and Dressage disciplines.
Within Nellie Gail are 5 parks, as well as the city facility of Cabot Park. Each park offers unique views, experiences, and facilities. For example, Gallup Park is equipped with a gazebo, has a basketball court and hosts a summer concert series. Dapple Grey Park includes an equestrian area, a children’s playground and an area for picnicking. Most of the 5 parks include areas for both children and adults, matching well with the family-friendly dynamic of Laguna Hills. Both the clubhouse and the parks are open from 6 am until evening, 7 days a week, and many of the parks can even be rented for large-scale events.
Aside from the numerous equestrian-related activities, the Nellie Gail Ranch area offers a number of amenities for everyone to enjoy. All Nellie Gail residents have access to the clubhouse, complete with tennis courts and swimming centers. The clubhouse can be reserved for both public and private events, including game nights, ceremonial events, church meetings, and other social events.
The Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Center hosts tennis programs for both children and adults, including private lessons, summer programs for kids and clinics for all skill levels. Men’s and Women’s league play is also available. The Tennis Center hosts 12 lighted hard courts and offers a court reservation option. Click here for more information on the Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Center, including bios on the trainers who work at the center.
For those looking to cool down in Laguna Hills, the Nellie Gail Ranch Swim Center offers amenities for all levels of intensity. Some of the Swim Center’s features include a heated junior Olympic year-round lap pool, as well as a wading pool and in-ground spa. Members of the swim center can take advantage of training opportunities for both youth and adult swimmers. Lessons and swim camps are also available, as are shaded cabanas and patio seating for those seeking a more relaxing experience. You can read all about the Swim Center here.
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