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Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Contact Information

(805) 733-3713

Park Hours

dawn ‘til dusk

Driving Directions to Chumash Painted Cave SHP

The site is three miles south of the San Marcos Pass: Take Highway 154 out of Santa Barbara and turn right on Painted Caves Road. The cave is located on the left, about two miles up a steep, narrow road. The pullout at the site will only accommodate one or two vehicles. Trailers and RVs should not attempt the road.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

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Upcoming Park Events

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The walls of this small cave carved from towering sandstone boulders contain some of the finest remaining rock art created by Chumash Native Americans.  A steep path leads to the cave entrance, which is protected by heavy iron grillwork. Anthropologists estimate that the paintings date to the 1600's and earlier.  The meaning of these enigmatic images has been lost.

Location - Directions

The site is three miles south of San Marcos Pass.  Take Highway 154 from Santa Barbara and turn right on Painted Cave Road.  The cave is located on the left about two miles up a steep, narrow road.  Parking is limited to two or three cars.  RVs and trailers should not attempt the road.

Further information about Chumash Painted Cave SHP can be obtained by contacting La Purisima Mission State Historic Park (phone number listed at right).

Seasons/Climate - Recommended Clothing

The narrow canyon where the cave is located can be cool, even in summer.  Layered clothing is best.


Available Activities and Facilities at Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Interpretive Exhibits