Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Local nameChumash Painted Cave State Historic Park
LocationCalifornia, USA

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.

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Address 4817 Rim Rd, 93105, United States

Coordinates 34°30'11.874" N -119°47'19.067" E

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