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Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Painted Caves Road, Santa Barbara, CA
+1 805-733-3713
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Finally got here

I've been driving by Painted Cave Road for close to 50 years. The wife and I finally took the road... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
Brian R
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Northridge, CA
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
Waterloonie
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Santa Barbara, California
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Painted Caves Road, Santa Barbara, CA
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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

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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

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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.

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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
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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
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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

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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.

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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
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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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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We all absolutely loved visiting this historical site. The drive up and down the mountain is exhilarating! At one point we were up in the clouds and felt a clear temperature change. This is absolutely worth the drive. Other reviewers knocking this down because of...More

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