The Gaviota Wind Caves are a sandstone formation located a mile from the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara. The hike to the wind-swept caves is 3 miles round trip with a 600 feet of elevation gain.

Trailhead Warning...and yes they are around.

Trailhead Warning…and yes they are around.

The first wind swept cave you'll encounter along your 3 mile hike.

The first wind swept cave you’ll encounter along your 3 mile hike.

These sandstone caves were shaped by the wind, duh.

These sandstone caves were shaped by the wind, duh.

Getting closer to the main event.

Getting closer to the main event.

Multiple caves dot the mountain.

Multiple caves dot the mountain.

The views from inside are amazing.

The views from inside are amazing.

Ocean View

Ocean View

Framed Pacific

Framed Pacific

The middle cave was a little tricky/dangerous to reach but I wasn't gonna let that stop me.

The middle cave was a little tricky/dangerous to reach but I wasn’t gonna let that stop me.

Elemental Art

Elemental Art

Those signs at the trailhead are no joke. I saw lots of evidence of recent mountain lion activity along my hike and by the looks of these tracks, it was probably a really big cat.

Those signs at the trailhead are no joke. I saw lots of evidence of recent mountain lion activity along my hike and by the looks of these tracks, it was probably a really big cat.