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Gaviota State Park

Contact Information

(805) 968-1033

Park Hours

7:00 AM to sunset

Driving Directions to Gaviota SP

The park is located 33 miles west of Santa Barbara on U.S. 101.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

December 12, 2017

Gaviota State Park is currently open and is honoring reservations and walk-up registration for camping and day use. 

Any changes in operations due to the Thomas Fire will be updated on this website.

Gaviota State Park is not a recognized evacuation shelter location for victims of the Thomas Fire and does not have the necessary resources to assist with the needs and necessities of evacuees.  The nearest shelter location in Santa Barbara County for fire evacuees is located at:

University of California, Santa Barbara Recreation Center
516 Ocean Rd, Santa Barbara, 93106
, 516 Ocean Road, Goleta 93106

Updated information on the Thomas Fire can be found at:

CalFire Maps:

CalFire Thomas Fire Evacuation Maps

Most Recent Evacuation Map:


Gaviota State Park takes its name from the Spanish word for seagull, given to the area by soldiers of the Portola Expedition who supposedly killed a seagull while camping here in 1769.  Marked by a tall Southern Pacific railroad trestle that crosses Gaviota Creek high above the day-use parking lot, the park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, surf fishing and camping, despite high winds that often blow through the area. A pier on the west end of the beach is used by anglers, and scuba divers and surfers use a boat hoist on the pier to access the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel.  The pier is currently closed due to storm damage.  Visitors can explore the rugged upland portions of the park from a trailhead in the parking area. Ambitious hikers can climb to Gaviota Peak that offers a spectacular view of the coast and the Channel Islands.

Gaviota Pier

The Gaviota pier is currently closed due to storm damage.  We apologize for any inconvienence.

Marine Protected Areas
Gaviota State Park is also home to the Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area, and boater launching from Gaviota may be able access the Point Conception State Marine Reserve.  Each area has its own rules regarding fishing and  the take of living marine resources.  Please visit for specific rules regarding each area.

The park is located 33 miles north of Santa Barbara on U.S. Highway 101.


Gaviota State Park First Day Hike: Jan 1, 2018 7AM.

Multi-Trail Loop:  Enjoy this strenuous hike into the park’s backcountry, making a loop of the La Cruces, Yucca, Hollister, Woodland Overlook, and Ortega trails. This 3.5-mile hike begins at 7 a.m. at the Las Cruces Adobe parking area. Please bring plenty of water, snacks, hiking boots and hiking clothing, local plant or bird manuals, and weather appropriate clothing. Not recommended for small children. No pets or firearms please. Significant rain in week before or on day of hike will make trails unpassable. Callthe Refugio Ranger station at (805) 968-3852 for cancellation information

RV Rental Delivery Policy

Trailers may be rented from 101 RV Rental Concession. This is the only permitted business for delivery of RVs in this state park. For any questions contact Channel Coast District office at (805) 585-1850

101 RV Rental 805-210-7391

Camp Store Hours
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 9am-5pm

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Available Activities and Facilities at Gaviota State Park

Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Picnic Areas
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Vista Point
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible