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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

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Closure Notice: 

Due to the potential for flooding from incoming storms, El Capitan, Gaviota and Refugio state beaches will be closed as a visitor safety precaution until from 12 p.m., Thursday, February 16 until  weather permits and the parks have been made safe, Sunday February 19 at the earliest. The U. S. Weather Service is predicting rainfall totals  this weekend to exceed amounts that caused extensive flooding earlier this year.

Gaviota State Park is Currently closed for camping.  Camping will re-open March 1, 2017.

 A project to re-align the northbound lanes and straighten a curve along US Highway 101 from north of Mariposa Reina to south of the Gaviota State Roadside Rest Area will begin on Monday, April 18, Caltrans officials have announced.

For the duration of this project, motorists going northbound on US Highway 101 will be unable to turn left onto Gaviota Beach Road to access Gaviota State Park or turn left onto northbound US Highway 101 from Gaviota Beach Road. Northbound motorists will detour at the State Route 1 Interchange north of the tunnel before returning southbound.

Northbound motorist leaving Gaviota State Park will have to travel south to Mariposa Reina to access northbound onramp approx. 1 mile.

The pier is closed until further notice.


37 of the 39 campsites at Gaviota State Park can now be reserved in advance between the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and the Sunday of Labor Day weekend each year.


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.  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.

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.

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