Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park is a unit in the state park system of California, preserving a small sandstone cave adorned with rock art attributed to the Chumash people. Adjoining the small community of Painted Cave, the site is located about 2 miles north of California State Route 154 and 11 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. The 7.5-acre park was established in 1976.
The smooth and irregularly shaped shallow sandstone cave contains numerous drawings apparently depicting the Chumash cosmology and other subjects created in mineral pigments and other media over a long period ranging from about 200 up to possibly 1000 years or more. There is also evidence of graffiti beginning with early white settlers, which eventually led to creation of a protective physical barrier and State Historic Park status. In 1972 it was added as Site #72000256 on the National Register of Historical Places.
Access is from State Route 154 about 5 miles north of U.S. Route 101 in the San Marcos Pass in the Santa Ynez Mountains, on Painted Cave Road.
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