Gaviota State Park has three very special and distinct parts: the beach (to the south of the 101), the Gaviota Wind Caves area (to the west of the 101), and the Gaviota Peak and Gaviota Hot Springs region (to the east of the 101). Each area has a lot to offer and is worth visiting.
In the beach part of the park, there is camping, picnicking, swimming, surfing and surf fishing. Making camping reservations is highly recommended.
The hike to the Gaviota Wind Caves is popular and rewarding, featuring stunning sandstone caves carved by the wind.
In the third part of the park, if possible, hike to the top of Gaviota Peak (2,458 feet), which is, in more ways than one, breathtaking. The views, wildflowers, other vegetation and wildlife are worth the elevation gain. Taking the loop route is especially rewarding, going up Trespass Trail and down Gaviota Peak Fire Road/Gaviota Hot Springs Trail. Here is a good trail description.
Before finishing the hike, visit and savor Gaviota Hot Springs. Or, just enjoy the relatively short hike to the Hot Springs as a stand-alone destination.
1595 US-101, Gaviota
California State Parks
23 miles (by bike)
Beach Activities, BBQ, Birdwatching, Camping, Hiking, Other Recreational Activities (Fishing), Picnicking, Relaxing, Running (trail), Surfing, Swimming, Viewing, Walking, Watchable Wildlife
“Gaviota” is the Spanish word for seagull.