Painted Cave State Park -



One of the most important Chumash rock art sites in Southern California. A shortw walk up to the entrance of the cave makes access very easy.

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 grill work. Anthropologists estimate that the paintings date to the 1600's and earlier.  The meaning of these enigmatic images has been lost.

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The site is three miles south of San Marcos Pass. 

  1. Take Highway 154 from Santa Barbara and turn right on Painted Cave Road. 
  2. The cave is located on the left about two miles up a steep, narrow road. 
  3. Parking is limited to two or three cars. 
  4. 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 (805-733-3713).


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Last Updated: Monday, December 15, 2014