Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.

~ Aldo Leopold

Our Mission

To conserve the original vision of Coto de Caza;

one of historic rural character, open space and undeveloped ridgelines, active and passive recreation,

existing in harmony within a one of a kind residential community,

to honor the intent and integrity of the Coto de Caza Specific Plan for current and future generations.

Quotable Quotes

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.  ~ Margaret Mead

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.  ~ Sir Winston Churchill

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Coto de Caza is part of an area in Southern California once populated by the Luiseño and Juaneño Bands of Mission Indians. To date, eleven probable temporary Indian settlement sites and over thirty locations of isolated Luiseño and Juaneño heritage finds have been identified. All artifacts recovered over the years have been turned over to appropriate agencies.

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Early Beginnings


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Coto de Caza is situated within some of the most beautiful and protected wildlife areas in Southern California. The area is rich in natural resources. All along the valley floor and central riparian  spine, majestic oak groves, two major ridgelines, finger side canyons, and grazing and dry-land agriculture grass lands are major features of the region (see Coto de Caza Specific Plan, Amendment 3, pg 9.)
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Environmental Setting


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Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club is the first private 36-hole country club in Orange County. The North Course was built in 1987 and is rated one of the nation’s top 25 courses
In addition to the two courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Club also includes a 44,000-square-foot clubhouse, a racquet club with 10 courts and an aquatic center with three pools. The Club offers golf, tennis, spa and social memberships.

Golf and Tennis


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Vic Braden

    • His Tennis efforts contributed in large part to Coto de Caza's early community success.
    • Voted into the 2017 Tennis Hall of Fame.
    • World-recognized pioneer in Tennis neuroscience, research and education.
    • His "Laugh and Win!" teaching style drew millions to the game.

One of Many Notable Quotes: If you buy an ice cream cone and make it hit your mouth, you can learn to play tennis!

Tennis and Vic Braden


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Coto de Caza offers a rare feature not found in many communities around Southern California – over 20 acres of public equestrian facilities as well as rural zoning for adjacent and nearby equestrian communities.


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The Coto de Caza community contains a unique and varied Open Space Network trail system for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. Over 40 miles of trails connect to regional riding and hiking trails in and around the community, including on and off-street biking systems.

The Cañada Gobernadora Valley & Ridgelines provide a beautiful backdrop to trails that meander throughout the community, adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest, Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park area of Bell Canyon, General Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park and the Wagon Wheel community. Public components of the trail system are dedicated to Orange County via recreation easement.

Riding and Hiking Trails


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Coto de Caza is a regional community focused on providing a strong foundation for generations to come. The master planned community places a high value on residential living within a natural, spacious environment with local community amenities like golf, tennis, equestrian and riding/hiking trails for residents and friends of all ages. Living in harmony with nature is one of the core tenets of the Coto de Caza community. 


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Community and Family


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The Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park surrounds our community on its eastern, northern, and southern borders. It is a Wildlife and Plant Sanctuary known for its biological diversity.

The Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park shares portions of their western border with our community. Abundant Wildlife, fertile valleys and specimen groves of native trees, accentuated with seasonal wildflower displays are all protected natural wildlife resources in common with our community.

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Our Wilderness Park Neighbors


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Coto de Caza was the site of the 1984 Summer Olympics Modern Pentathlon and Women's Volleyball Training.

The Coto de Caza Equestrian Center, designed by Los Angeles Equestrian Center architect Eddie J. Milligan, played host to the 1984 Summer Olympics Pentathlon event. The landmark event attracted thousands of spectators and housed some of the world’s finest equestrian competitors during the games.

Click the link below to replay video portions of the Modern Pentathlon activities from the '84 Games.

1984 Summer Olympics


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[1] The Coto de Caza Specific Plan has been prepared for the purpose of regulating the growth and development of the community known as Coto de Caza.

Consisting of text and maps, this Specific Plan specifies the distribution, location and extent of the existing and proposed use of land within the area covered by the Coto de Caza Specific Plan and sets standards and criteria by which development can occur.

[1]  Coto de Caza Specific Plan, page 1

Orange County Land Planning - Specific Plan


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Current Proposed Developments

  • General Lyons
  • Via Terracaleta Custom Estates
  • The General Store
  • Oak Grove / Merryhill School

Community Development Projects & CPAC

Who is Aldo Leopold?

Among many things, Leopold was a conservationist and writer. One of his best known ideas is the land ethic, which calls for an ethical, caring and interconnected relationship between people and nature.

“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect... We are all part of the thinking community that needs to shape a land ethic for the 21st century and beyond... To do that, we must engage in thoughtful dialog with each other, inviting a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. Together, we can form a land ethic that can be passed down to future generations."

~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949


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More Quotable Quotes

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

Any fool can destroy trees.

~ John Muir

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.

~ Sharon Ralls Lemon

Practice like you've never won... Perform like you've never lost.

~ Bernard F. Asuncion, excerpt

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

~ John Muir

Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character.

~ Arnold Palmer

Some horses will test you, some will teach you, and some will bring out the best in you.

~ Equestrian Co.

Every day two million Americans play tennis and one million of them lose.

~Vic Braden

For fast riders - we have fast horses.  

For slow riders - we have slow horses.

For those who have never ridden - we have horses that have never been ridden.

~ Anonymous

It is not enough for a man to know how to ride, he must know how to fall.

~ Mexican Proverb


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