Breathtaking, spectacular and gorgeous are just a view words to describe the views you will encounter on the numerous hiking trails that abound in what many call the Riviera of the US. A popular and relatively short (.80 miles) hike leads to the gorgeous 80 foot Nojoqui Falls. The 20 minute hike begins in Nojoqui Falls Parks located just off the 101 Freeway north of the Gaviota Tunnel between Santa Barbara and Buellton. The park offers ample picnic space, BBQ pits and ball fields.

Another relatively easy hike is one that visits the Gaviota Hot Springs in Gaviota State Park. The trail begins just off the 101 Freeway in Gaviota State Park and is 1 mile in length. Follow the winding water source to the blue sulfer spring.

For wind caves with spectacular ocean views hike the Gaviota Wind Caves in Gaviota State Park. The hike to the wind caves is a relatively easy 2.5 miles and you can enjoy breathtaking ocean views along the way.

Another popular hike is The Cold Spring Loop (1.8-mile), tucked in the mountains behind Montecito off Mountain Drive. The trail begins on the east side of the creek, navigate your way through, quiet streams and brush-covered hills. Don’t miss the short detour to Vista Point for a panoramic view of Santa Barbara’s stunning coastline.