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Address: Carpinteria, CA

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Very Interesting but not well signed...

I found the easiest way to see the tar pits is to walk down Dump Rd to the rail tracks and take the path to the right immediately after the tracks. Walk along the cliffs and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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San Diego, California
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163 reviews 163 reviews
117 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We wanted to park our car at Tar Pits Park as it is shown on the map -- both here in TripAdvisor and in Google Maps. We intended to walk the Carpinteria Bluffs Trail, which passes right by the parking lot. However, as soon as we pulled into a space, a uniformed security guard said that if we weren't working... More 

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Canada
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36 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

I found the easiest way to see the tar pits is to walk down Dump Rd to the rail tracks and take the path to the right immediately after the tracks. Walk along the cliffs and you'll come across a gully which gives easy access to the beach. Very worth while examining and poking the tar. Be careful of your... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Beach area is gorgeous. (Try to forget about the oil rigs way out from shore.) The hiking trail is lovely. The tar pits actually look like large black rock areas on shore. However, we were told by a local that when the weather is hot, the tar is still sometimes pliable and kids like playing with it. (Pity the parents... More 

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Monticello, Georgia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is a nice little walk and the tar is pretty cool. It isn't pits like La Brea but it is coming out of the rocks and is hard to miss. We got the guy at the entrance to the park to point us in the right direction. He also suggested we park outside of the park so we didn't... More 

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Del Mar, California
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183 reviews 183 reviews
85 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

There are not too many places you can see tar/oil coming out of the ground. This is not a large area and it is not marked but we saw it as we walked from the beach up on the bluffs toward the harbor Seal Rookery. It's small and interesting but the nature walk along the bluffs and watching the harbor... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I believe Carpinteria is the best place to relax around Los Angeles. Several historical places to visit, without the rush in Santa Barbara. One of the surprises Carpinteria offers is these tar spots along the beach. It's interesting to see a phenomenon rarer even than volcanism, as it only occurs in 5 or 6 places in the world. Curiously, 3... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

Walked a ways aand saw lots of random spots of tar and then lots on the beach. Careful not to stand in one place too long or your shoes will be ruined. Park at state park and walk. GPS with take you to a private parking lot ththat you can't use.

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Porto
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280 reviews 280 reviews
171 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a very quiet and nice place to see in Carpinteria... it´s a very preserved place where you can see the seals in their natural environment: stay some minuts and enjoy the beauty of the nature.

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Newhall, CA - USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Bring lots of tar remover and watch your step. Fascinating oozing of tar out of several locations. The entire coastal cliffs are the result of millions of years of tar accumulation. Chumash Indians used the tar to water proof their canoes and water baskets.

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Santa Barbara
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

Oceanfront with picnic tables and campgrounds nearby. Experience the tar pits first hand and see why the Chumash Indians named the area Carpinteria. Be careful of the naturally ocurring tar which can be removed with baby oil and some rough paper towels

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