Gaviota State Park

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place.

What is open now?

  • Day-use at the beach, Las Cruces and Hot Springs Trails and parking lots.
  • Day-use restrooms at the beach.
  • Boat launching is available from the beach.

What is currently closed?

  • Camping facilities are closed for the season. They will re-open on April 1, 2021, as allowed by the state and local public health order.
  • Camp stores.
  • Special events and tours.

Phone Number

(805) 968-1033

Park Hours

Day Use 7:00 a.m. to Sunset

 

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed in campground and day-use area. Dogs not allowed on beach.

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.

BOATING
Boating
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Fishing
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Camp Store
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

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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


Additional Visitor Services
  • Parks and Recreation Management, Inc. dba Channel Coast Camp Stores
      (Beach stores at Gaviota, El Capitan, Refugio SB) 
  • D2 Global Enterprises, Inc. dba 101 RV Rentals (Camp trailer rentals)

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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