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Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

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Interesting piece of history. Combine with a visit to Knapp's Castle and Cold Spring Tavern.

Well it's a tiny cave, but this is an important piece of Chumash Indian history. It's directly on... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
Santa Barbara, California
Paintings in the cave weree vivid

The cave paintings were interesting; but there is not much else to see and do in this park. There... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
Joseph L
Manasquan, New Jersey
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Painted Caves Road, Santa Barbara, CA
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 March 2013

The best known, most easily accessible local cave painting site. If you haven't visited this magical, spiritual cavern two miles off San Marcos Pass on the Santa Barbara side of the eclectic community of the same name, go now. You will return a wiser, more...More

13  Thank valleynotebook
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 August 2014

So this cave is up a windy narrow dangerous road, we only got in like five near death wrecks on the way to visit it. Then the cave is gated off and you can only peak at the artwork through steel bars. Also literally the...More

5  Thank ShakoNM
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Reviewed 27 July 2018

This little hidden jewel is far off the hwy, up a windy road, but worth the trip to see it. No place for parking, you have to pull off the road in a clear area, walk down to the cave to be able to see...More

1  Thank Koollet4600
Reviewed 2 May 2018

I've been driving by Painted Cave Road for close to 50 years. The wife and I finally took the road and stopped to see the cave. The paintings in the cave are amazing! This entire detour off Highway 154 can be done in 30 minutes....More

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 15 March 2018

Well it's a tiny cave, but this is an important piece of Chumash Indian history. It's directly on the road and easy to visit. Nothing else to see or do at this location but this would be an activity to do while in the neighborhood...More

1  Thank Waterloonie
Reviewed 28 September 2017

The cave paintings were interesting; but there is not much else to see and do in this park. There are other interesting things to do in the area such as Knapp Castle so if you combine these with the caves it is worth the drive.

Thank Joseph L
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Great site. The paintings have been preserved by a less than cool iron grating but it does the job of keeping the crazies away from the art. Nice day trip and you can combine with a lunch trip to Cold Springs Tavern. Limited parking and...More

Thank Z7011UDmichaelp
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Worth it. Paintings of undetermined age. Glad they are protecting the site. Right next to the road. Go when the fog has lifted for some great scenic views.

Thank brotherroy
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

While the road is narrow and we gripped our seats the last 2 miles, getting up close to original Indian art in its true location was worth it. We followed it by a trip to the SB mission and learned even more about this tribe....More

Thank Totally420
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Long windy one way road, leading to a small, less than impressive cave, locked with a metal gate, that has only a small window to see the painting. Very limited parking, for 1 maybe 2 cars.

Thank SanFrancisco2121
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We enjoyed the gorgeous views as we made our way up and down the mountain. Unlike some of the other reviews, we did not find the drive frightening. Everyone has different tolerance levels. The historic cave paintings were beautiful. We thought this attraction was awesome.

Thank April333
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Ridiculous and potentially dangerous road to get to...what? Sorry, but this a contrived historical site. It's true some Indian tribes were / are known for their historical art, cave paintings, pottery etc. The Chumash were not. They sparsely populated Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and...More

Thank BadBlake
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20 April 2015|
Response from Stargateman |
Anytime but in the day the ride is easier because you can see. Bring a flashlight to shine in the cave wall to light up the rock art so you can get a better picture. Camera phones and standrad flash are not strong enough... More