Rancho Guadalupe Dunes
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This coastal county park is renowned for miles of pristine sand dunes along the shore and many sensitive plants and animals including western snowy plover and California least tern. This is a place to truly enjoy nature and solitude.
Beach access, bird and whale watching, fishing, hiking areas, picnic are (no BBQs/cooking permitted). Seasonal restrictions during the nesting bird season (Mar 1 - Oct 1) apply and are posted onsite. Dogs are not permitted at any time.
Santa Barbara County Parks is proud to offer a free-of-charge beach wheelchair at this location. To request the use of a beach wheelchair, please contact the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes kiosk or ask any on-site Ranger or Lifeguard. The wheelchairs were acquired through the California Coastal Commission's Whale Tail Grants Program.
(805) 729-8461 or (805) 729-7508
In 1969, the original 26 acre site of Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Park was purchased. In 1988, the park was expanded to over 500 acres under a State Coastal Conservancy grant.
Take West Main Street (Hwy 166) west from Guadalupe. The park entrance is just a few miles down the road.
7:00 AM – Sunset