Rancho Guadalupe Dunes


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Park Description:

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.

Park Features:

Beach access, bird and whale watching, fishing, hiking areas, picnic areas (no BBQs/cooking permitted). Seasonal access restrictions during the plover bird nesting season (Mar 1 - Oct 1) apply and are posted. Dogs are not permitted at any time.

Beach Wheelchairs:

Santa Barbara County Parks is proud to offer a free-of-charge beach wheelchair at this location. The wheelchairs were acquired through the California Coastal Commission's Whale Tail Grants Program. Reservations are recommended prior to your visit.
Please call (805) 729-8461 or (805) 729-7508

Fun Fact!

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