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We made the mistake of relying on google satellite maps to locate this park. If you do this you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Beautiful beach, just watch where you step.

I was out for a morning run and got here by accident. It was so beautiful I had to stop my run and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Orange, California
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5596 Calle Ocho, Carpinteria, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We made the mistake of relying on google satellite maps to locate this park. If you do this you will find the words "Tar Pit Park" sitting over the top of what looks a parking lot at the end of Dump Road. So, of course,...More

Thank 367john
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was out for a morning run and got here by accident. It was so beautiful I had to stop my run and just enjoy the view. Tons of birds. The trail can be a bit sketchy due to erosion so stay on the well...More

Thank RicOlsen
Reviewed 20 July 2017

It only comes out at few places (on the beach and also above it). Definitely interesting thing to see, but not a "must see". If you like walking, you can park on a free parking lot at Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and the trail gets...More

Thank iliveinmexico
Reviewed 10 July 2017

As a teenager, Tarpits was our stomping grounds! This was well before the state developed this section into camp grounds. Through the years there has been a lot of erosion, I'd say a good 10-15 feet. A great place to surf. At low tide there...More

Thank JoniA1
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

We've always wanted to find this beach. Parked at the trail head near the freeway offramp and had to walk about a mile each way. Not easy to access since there is a cliff. Had to climb down. Maybe it's accessible from the campground. If...More

Thank southerncaligirl72
Reviewed 15 April 2017

this is a nice secluded beach. saw a number of people there with their dogs. there is no parking .do not park in the lot adjacent to the bluffs as that is for those working on the pier there. the beach is nice. park elsewhere...More

Thank marktS5189DV
Reviewed 7 November 2016

I think the amount of tar visible may vary, or else we just didn't explore as much as some other reviewers. My husband of course had to stick his finger in it and then was surprised it was hard to get it off. Duh. It...More

Thank Sharon Z
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We drove down Dump Rd and ended up at a bridge out to an oil rig. We were sent away by security. We drove and found the entrance to the state park. Here they directed over to parking area for the tar pit amphitheater which...More

Thank danamc65
Reviewed 23 July 2016

I've never been to La Brea, but I've that it actually has pits full of tar. Carpinteria isn't quite like that. Instead of massive lakes, it's dried tar rocks, occasional tar springs, and occasional streams of tar you find here. They're nothing mind-blowing, but the...More

Thank Mr_Fugidoo
Reviewed 1 June 2016

Wife and I visited here during our stay in the area. The city of Carpinteria is very nice, has a beautiful downtown area. Wish we could have been here for the Farmer's Market. Tar Pits Park was a nive place to visit.

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