Gaviota State Park

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Gaviota State Park

California

(805) 968-1033

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Things To Do

Overview

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, 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.

Map of Gaviota (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.489580, -120.201353

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating and fishing are popular activities at Gaviota, where the public fishing pier is equipped with an electric boat hoist launching facility. Check with park staff for rules on the use of the hoist.

  • Camping

    The 41 developed, first-come, first-served campsites accommodate tents, trailers up to 25 feet and RVs up to 27 feet. Between October 1 and March 31, the campground is open Friday through Sunday only.

  • Climbing

    The trail to the top of 2,458-foot Gaviota Peak is a strenuous 6-mile round trip. A clear day brings vistas of Point Conception, the Channel Islands, Gaviota Pass and the Lompoc Valley.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is popular at Gaviota. A fishing pier is open to the public and an electric boat hoist is available. Check with park staff for rules on the use of the hoist.

  • Hiking

    Dirt fire roads and hiking trails lead into more than 2,000 acres of oak woodland and chaparral backcountry. Check with park rangers before starting your hike--conditions change frequently. This is mountain lion country. Safety tips are available from the rangers.

    The Overland Fire Road is a three-mile round trip that rewards hikers with sweeping views of the Channel Islands.

    Gaviota Hot Springs can be reached by the Gaviota Peak Fire Road. These two sulfur springs are open to the public. And the trail to Gaviota Peak summits after a six-mile climb, but rewards with fantastic views of the valleys and the Channel Islands.

  • Horseback Riding

    Check with the park for rules on horseback riding before visiting.

  • Picnicking

    While the park has no developed facilities, picnics along the coast are always fun.

  • RVing

    The 41 developed, first-come, first-served campsites accommodate tents, trailers up to 25 feet, and RVs up to 27 feet. Between October 1 and March 31, the campground is open Friday through Sunday only.

  • Water Sports

    Boating and fishing are popular activities at Gaviota, where the public fishing pier is equipped with an electric boat hoist launching facility. Check with park staff for rules on the use of the hoist.

Seasonality/Weather

Gaviota SP is positioned along a coastal Mediterranean zone, with warm, dry, and breezy summer conditions (60's-80's F) and cooler, damper winter conditions (40's-60's F). Layering is highly encouraged.

Park Partners

Friends of Channel Coast State Parks

The Friends of Channel Coast State Parks has been funding and supporting interpretive and educational programs at six State beaches and one State Park along the Channel Coast in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties for more than a quarter of a century. Founded in 1984, the Friends make possible interpretive services that include kayak tours, Junior Rangers, Junior Lifeguards, campfire programs, school programs, brochures exhibits, and much more!

(805) 968-1033

Directions

Driving

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

Flying

The closest major airport to Gaviota SP is Los Angeles International Airport, approximately 126 miles away. From there, car rental services are available.

Public Transportation

City of Lompoc Transit (COLT) offers reliable public transportation throughout the Lompoc region, with two different circulatory routes.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(805) 968-1033

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