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Attention: The pier at Gaviota State Park is closed until further notice due to the storm damage it sustained on March 1, 2014. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.




If you are interested in having a RV delivered and set up on your campsite at Carpinteria SB, El Capitan SB, Gaviota SP, or Refugio SB Campgrounds, the following Concessionaire is the approved contract provider: 101 RV Rentals (805) 210-7391. No business or private party may conduct business on State Park property without an approved contract.

Gaviota State Park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking and surf fishing. This section of the coast was first called "gaviota" (seagull) by soldiers of the Portola Expedition in 1769. A pier on the west end of the beach is used by divers and surfers. A Southern Pacific railroad trestle crosses the creek above the day-use parking lot. Visitors can explore the upland portions of the park from a trailhead in the parking area. Gaviota Peak offers a view of the coast and the Channel Islands.

Check the State Parks website for additional information on the weather, suggested day hikes, or to see the park brochure, campground map, park photos, video, and more. Information available will vary from park to park.Click here

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • ADA Access
  • Automated Pay Machine
  • Boat Hoist
  • Convenience Store
  • Fishing piers
  • Parking
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Toilet, Flush
Alerts and Important Information

Rodent Warning

Park visitors are advised the park is experiencing an increase in the rodent population such as ground squirrels this year. Ground squirrels can damage property and equipment. While we strive to control rodent populations at this campground park visitors who occupy campsites must take precaution to protect their food and equipment. California State Parks is not responsible for damage to personal property.

Discount Pass must be presented at the time of check in.

Your DMV Disabled Placard/License Plate does not automatically give you a discount on your campsite. You will need to obtain a CA State park-issued Disabled Discount Pass (DDP) or Distinguished Veterans Pass (DVP).

There are high winds experienced at this park, and no refund will be given due to wind conditions.. It is not uncommon to experience winds of 50 mph or more!
Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer; additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park.

04/01-09/30: Reservations are available
10/01-11/30: All sites are 1st 1st Fridays and Saturdays ONLY weather permitting; closed Sundays through Thursdays.
12/01-03/31: Closed when not on reservations.

Getting There:

Gaviota SP is 33 miles West of Santa Barbara on US Highway 101. Take US Highway 101 to Gaviota Beach Rd.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Gaviota State Park Rd

Phone Number:

Information: (805)968-1033