Indian Canyon is nestled in the Gavilan mountain range, 15miles south of Hollister, CA.  During the 17 and 1800’s Indian Canyon served as a safe haven for the local indigenous peoples who were being abducted/recruited/bribed/transported to the Missions with the Spaniards.  The local Ohlone peoples knew the terrain and were able to traverse the territory into the secluded valley of Indian Canyon.  Since then Indian Canyon has remained a safe haven, currently Ann-Marie Sayers and her daughter have opened up the Canyon for all Indigenous Peoples in need of land for ceremony.

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Indian Canyon is nestled in the Gavilan mountain range, 15miles south of Hollister, CA.  During the 17 and 1800’s Indian Canyon served as a safe haven for the local indigenous peoples who were being abducted/recruited/bribed/transported to the Missions with the Spaniards.  The local Ohlone peoples knew the terrain and were able to traverse the territory into the secluded valley of Indian Canyon.  Since then Indian Canyon has remained a safe haven, currently Ann-Marie Sayers and her daughter have opened up the Canyon for all Indigenous Peoples in need of land for ceremony.


  • What is IC?

    Indian Canyon is the only federally recognized “Indian Country” between Sonoma and Santa Barbara, and has been sacred land and home for Ohlone/Costanoan people for thousands of years.
  • What is CIR?

    Costanoan Indian Research, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) Native American non-profit organization (Federal ID # 68-0287736) at Indian Canyon, in Hollister, California. Help Indian Canyon
  • Ohlone Land

    spans from the North of the San Francisco Bay area along central coastal California south of Monterey Bay. Ohlone Territory is also known as Costanoan, and there are 8 attested languages in this territory. More Information
  • Visitors

    IC has in excess of 5000 visitors annually. A caring host of many indigenous ceremonies and gatherings, fundraisers, school field trips. Indian Canyon is NOT a park, and we are only open to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Learn More

Indian Canyon has served as a safe haven for indigenous peoples, pre and post contact. Opening sovereign land for all Indigenous peoples in need of land for ceremony and education.

  • Drive to Indian Canyon

    Drive through to Indian Canyon
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