Chumash Painted Cave SHP

State Historic Park

The walls of this small cave carved from towering sandstone boulders contain some of the finest remaining rock art created by Chumash Native Americans.  A steep path leads to the cave entrance, which is protected by heavy iron grillwork. Anthropologists estimate that the paintings date to the 1600's and earlier.  The meaning of these enigmatic images has been lost.

Location - Directions

The site is three miles south of San Marcos Pass.  Take Highway 154 from Santa Barbara and turn right on Painted Cave Road.  The cave is located on the left about two miles up a steep, narrow road.  Parking is limited to two or three cars.  RVs and trailers should not attempt the road.

Further information about Chumash Painted Cave SHP can be obtained by contacting La Purisima Mission State Historic Park (phone number listed at right).

Seasons/Climate - Recommended Clothing

The narrow canyon where the cave is located can be cool, even in summer.  Layered clothing is best.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    dawn ‘til dusk

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (805) 733-3713

  • Region

    Central Coast

    County

    Santa Barbara

  • Purchase Annual Passes

Telephone

Contact La Purisima Mission SHP:
805-733-3713