Gaviota State Park

Phone Number

(805) 968-1033

Park Hours

Day Use 7:00 a.m. 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.

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

Camp Store Concession Opportunity

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – California State Parks announced today that it is accepting proposals for a 10-year concession contract to operate three camp stores at El Capitán and Refugio state beaches, and Gaviota State Park. Deadline to submit proposals is Tuesday, July 16, 2019 by 2 p.m. A pre-proposal meeting to operate the concession is set for May 29 at 6 p.m. at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park in Santa Barbara. A tour of the parks will be available prior to the meeting from 3:30 to 5:10 p.m. (See tour details) Information here

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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

Gaviota State Park
The coastal bluffs at Gaviota State Park reveal a 500-foot-thick cross-section of the geographically extensive Monterey Formation. Offshore and inland, petroleum geologists have extensively explored underground for oil reservoirs within this rock sequence and probed its depths to understand the genesis of this important oil source. The naturally cemented, bluff faces resist wave erosion and are tilted to display multiple layers like the pages of a book. The geologic layers contain some nicely preserved fossils, even the complete skeleton of a halibut-like fish.

Gaviota SP
(Photograph by Mike Fuller)

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