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Gaviota State Park

Park Information

Contact Information

(805) 968-1033

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Driving Directions to Gaviota SP

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

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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.

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Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


The campground and day use area are now open. The pier is closed until further notice due to severe damage from the recent storm.

Due to a major water leak, there is no water use in the park. All restrooms, faucets, and hand wash stations are not functioning. There are portable facilities in place. We apologize for any inconvenience.


GAVIOTA STATE PARK CAMPSITES NOW AVAILABLE BY RESERVATION


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  http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mpa/mpa_summary.asp for specific rules regarding each area.

Location/Directions
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 877-392-2674


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


Our cooperative association supports educational programs and projects in our parks.  Please visit their website. www.friendsofccsp.org
www.friendsofccsp.org