Big Caliente Spring Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Big Caliente and Little Caliente Springs are natural hot springs, located a short distance apart in beautiful natural settings. The springs, which are suitable for bathing, are reached by a long and winding ridge top road that travels along the Santa Ynez Mountains. There are plenty of interesting things along the way. Near the start of the trail is Chumash Painted Cave, a rock shelter lavishly decorated with rock art. A small sign on a tree points to the cave; the state historic park sign is farther along and hard to see in the forward direction of this trail. There is limited parking alongside the road, which is narrow and twisting at this point. Special Attractions: Painted Cave State Historic Park; Natural hot springs for soaking at Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs; Long ridge top trail above Santa Barbara; Access to Divide Peak OHV Trail; Birding along the Santa Ynez River. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."