Hike Exactly Half A Mile To This Popular Swimming Hole In Southern California

Red Rocks, a natural swimming hole along the Santa Ynez River about an hour’s drive from Santa Barbara, is the local’s destination for summertime fun. As evidenced by splashes of graffiti on the rocks in the crescent bend, it’s clear that the area sees large crowds when the river is high.

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If you’re not a fan of crowds, you have two options: visit Red Rocks swimming hole on a weekday or continue your hike further along the trail and slosh through more creeks to the more secluded pools upriver. Though you’d have to add a few miles to your hike, the pools there can be quite the refreshing reward. Don’t forget to let us know how your trip goes!

Address: Los Padres National Forest, California, USA