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Interesting if you have one spare hour.

It only comes out at few places (on the beach and also above it). Definitely interesting thing to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
iliveinmexico
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Mexico City, Mexico
A unique piece of local history!

As a teenager, Tarpits was our stomping grounds! This was well before the state developed this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JoniA1
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Carpinteria, California
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good33%
  • Average22%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“state park” (3 reviews)
“shoes” (4 reviews)
“bluff” (7 reviews)
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5596 Calle Ocho, Carpinteria, CA
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago 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 16 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 8 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 21 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.

Thank doctall41
Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

Walked through the park this morning, lots of area is roped off with signs indicating Off Limits. There are a few places where you can see the hardened tar, but mostly this area is just st a walkway to another destination.

Thank Cathy M
Reviewed 18 June 2015

The closest parking is in the Carpinteria State Beach, with $10 parking fees for cars. You will walk a little ways along a beach trail before you get to Tar Pits Park. The views are beautiful, but if you're coming to see lots of oozing...More

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