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 Carpinteria > Points of Interest > The Salt Marsh Nature Park

Ash Avenue
Saturday docent tours 10 a.m. May - Nov 

The Salt Marsh, also known as El Estuaro, is one of the most important wetlands in Southern California.  

This beautiful, relatively unspoiled estuary is home to rare and endangered plants and birds.  It is a haven for migrating birds, the foundation for much of the local food chain, as well as a nursery for marine fish. 

Along Ash Avenue you will find nature paths and platforms for safely viewing the estuary.   


The estuary totals 230 acres, 120 of which is owned by USCB as the Salt Marsh Reserve. The remainder is the Salt Marsh Nature Park, which is owned and operated by the City of Carpinteria.  

UCSB's Web Site

Directions:  From the 101 take Linden Avenue.  Drive almost to the beach.  Turn right onto 3rd Street and drive until it deadends on Ash. Turn left and park on the street.