The walls of this small cave carved from towering sandstone boulders contain some of the finest remaining rock art created by Chumash Native Americans.
Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park is located 11 miles northwest of Santa Barbara.
Anthropologists estimate that the paintings date to the 1600’s or earlier.
A steep path leads to the cave entrance, which is protected by heavy iron grillwork. The park is one of the few providing open access for viewing original Rock art of the Chumash people in person.
Of course the white man had to f*ck it all up.
The site is three miles south of San Marcos Pass. Take Highway 154 from Santa Barbara and turn right on Painted Cave Road. The cave is located on the left about two miles up a steep, narrow road. Parking is limited to two or three cars. RVs and trailers should not attempt the road.
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