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Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

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Address: Painted Caves Road, Santa Barbara, CA
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Surprisingly vivid native american cave paintings

The painted cave is the chief attraction of this teeny weeny state park. The paintings are vivid, surprisingly so, and kept behind bars so modern mouth-breathers don’t add new... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 June 2016
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 were mainly fishermen. If they were notable for anything, it was for their lack of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 the drive should take a moment to recognize the actual site they have the privilege... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The road is truly a scary experience. Only room for one vehicle and few places where people can get by. We had several close calls with vehicles coming down where we were fortunate to find places to squeeze by. The hills are steep. One wrong turn = quick death. We saw the sign, but did not see parking. Can't imagine... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

There is a single very narrow road branching off from 254 in the Ynez valley leading out of Santa Barbara. The road is extremely windy with many hairpin and blind loops. There are walls of rocks in many places and the elevation is remarkably steep. If your vehicle does not adhere to the narrow lane you will fall off a... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The Chumash Native Americans were well known for their art. Lamentably this has not always been appreciated but the remarkable polychrome art of Painted Cave is somehitng all can appreciate and care for. Our cultural heritage is of irreplaceable value. This is a place to cherish.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I would like to say that I enjoyed this park, but the road is so narrow that there is really only room for one car going up or down and not a lot of room to move over if a car is coming down. I would have liked to see the caves, but I the narrow and winding road was... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

It's not work risking your life. It's a one vehicle road. Winding. Blind curves. No parking at the site. Would not recommend anyone to visit this site.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

The painted cave is the chief attraction of this teeny weeny state park. The paintings are vivid, surprisingly so, and kept behind bars so modern mouth-breathers don’t add new graffiti to the ancient Chumash graffiti. Also, of note, Tom Clancy’s house (formerly Joe Cocker’s) is right up the road.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

I am so glad these paintings are being protected for everyone's enjoyment. Parking is limited to two or three spots depending on the size of the vehicles. There is a short stairway to the caves. Good for all ages.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

Take the time to explore the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic site. It offers a look into the history of the Chumash Indians that once occupied the area and left some of their art work behind.

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