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“Graffiti is a bummer”

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park
Ranked #78 of 177 things to do in Santa Barbara
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Ventura, California
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Graffiti is a bummer”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

There is graffiti and that is a bummer, other than that the historical aspect of the painted cave is great.

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Seattle, WA
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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“Small Cave but fascinating cave paintings”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

After seeing the cave mentioned in our AAA maps, we decided to venture up the road The road was not as narrow as we had thought and 2 cars could pass. The road is well maintained, mainly because an amazing number of homes are off of it! Our problem was going past the sign and heading up to a narrower part! It was an adventure.

The cave is small with just a few paintings, but it was fascinating to see them on the site where they were drawn. A grate protects them and keeps people from entering. The view of the valley below as we returned to the highway was spectacular too.

There was room for just two cars and it was just as well that we had gone too far and had to turn around because then we could park on the correct side of the road. There are absolutely no services at this tiny spot

Ten to 15 minutes is all one needs at the spot It takes a lot longer to get there, but it was an adventure!

Visited July 2012
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Ojai, California
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Explore the Ancient Chumash Site”
Reviewed May 30, 2012

Take your time and enjoy the ride up the hill. Keep your eyes open and you will miss the rock to the left. The cave paintings are impressive! Say a prayer and honor the Ancient Chumash the modern days descendants.

Visited March 2012
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Santa Barbara, California
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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“Much ado about nothing.”
Reviewed April 4, 2012

Hard to get to and then you see how people have defaced this small cave, obliterating some of the once-beautiful art. Very disappointing.

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Santa Barbara, California
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“You can't go inside, but it's still interesting to see”
Reviewed February 24, 2012

Painted Cave has lots of Native American paintings inside a cave, up in the mountains behind Santa Barbara. The paintings were made by the local Chumash, a long time ago. To get there, turn onto Painted Cave Rd. from Hwy. 154 and just keep winding up the mountain. Park when you see the sign for the cave. The "state historic park" only consists of the cave, which you can climb up to. The entrance to the cave has been covered to protect it, so you can't go inside, but it's still interesting to see.

Visited December 2011
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