Arroyo Burro Beach Trail

Santa Barbara, California 93109

Arroyo Burro Beach Trail

Arroyo Burro Beach Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This beach hike begins at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park. At the turn of the 20th-century the Hendry family owned the beach and it was known as Hendry’s. Today some Santa Barbarans refer to it as “Henry’s.” The beach was officially re-christened Arroyo Burro in 1947 when the state purchased it for $15,000. The park, later given to the county, was named for the creek that empties into the ocean at this point. Arroyo Burro is popular for picnicking, boogie boarding, sunbathing and hangglider watching. Don’t miss the most recent attraction, the Southcoast Watershed Resource Center, a facility operated by the Community Environmental Council. Learn about creek and ocean environments from displays and interactive exhibits."

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"This is an equal opportunity beach that screams love of four- legged locals and visitors without discriminating against the two-legged ones. The hard- packed sand beach at the mouth of Arroyo Burro Creek is divided into two stretches.

East of the estuary, dogs can hike and gallivant off leash for several miles (tide-depending). West of the estuary, dogs can also hike for several miles (tide-depending), but on leash, so their frolicking doesn’t intrude on the humans who love beach hikes but may be lacking in dog-loving genes."

"Arroyo Burro is really a tale of two trails: one lush that ascends the north- facing slopes of the Santa Ynez range to East Camino Cielo from the Santa Ynez River; the other a more exposed (and somewhat more challenging) ascent to East Camino Cielo from the outskirts of Santa Barbara."

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Trail Information

Santa Barbara
Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level

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Oct 2018