Friday, May 4, 2012

#233: Corriganville Park

Have you been to Knotts Berry Farm? Back in the 1940's to 60's, Corriganville Park in Simi Valley was the original Knotts Berry Farm, offering fun Western-themed attractions to busloads of tourists. It went by many names, including Dodge City, Lone Ranger Ranch, and Tombstone, but for most it was simply called Silvertown. For one dollar, visitors could enjoy stuntman shows, get autographs from actors, and see the lots where hundreds of Western films and t.v. shows such as The Lone Ranger were shot. At its peak, Silvertown attracted more than 20,000 people on weekends.

In 1988, Corriganville Ranch was purchased by the City of Simi Valley. Now it is a well maintained park with park benches, picnic tables, lots of trails, and ample free parking. The foundations of the old Silvertown buildings are still there, with signs to explain what used to be there.

The foundation of the Stables

Corriganville Park is located just one freeway exit away from the Garden of the Gods (#232). Whereas the Garden of the Gods is more of an "exploration" than a hike due to the lack of clear trails, Corriganville Park definitely is for those who want an actual hike. There are many paths to choose from, and dogs on leash are welcome. I recommend visiting both parks in one day if you've got the energy. 

Just like the Garden of the Gods, Corriganville Park is full of rocks. Needless to say, I was in heaven. There are many trails to take, and the park is so large that it is hardly crowded. On the weekend, you might see just a handful of other hiking groups during your visit.

Have you been to Corriganville Park? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!