Nestled within San Roque Canyon, Stevens Park is a 25-acre recreation area that sits beneath the soaring Foothill Road Bridge. Known for its scenic hiking trails, access to San Roque Creek and array of amenities, Stevens Park is a popular spot for families that want to be surrounded by nature without having to travel outside Santa Barbara.
HIKING AT STEVENS PARK
Stevens Park serves as a trailhead for several local hiking trails. The park’s most popular trail is a 1.6-mile roundtrip hike to the Jesusita Trail trailhead at the Lauro Canyon Reservoir. Generally considered an easy route, this hike is well-suited for people of all ages and fitness levels. Along the trail you’ll experience beautiful views of sycamore and oak trees as well as flowering meadows. For those who want to extend their hike, the Stevens Park Trail also has a cutoff trail that leads to the historic Arroyo Burro Trail.
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Along with hiking trails, Stevens Park offers a wide variety of amenities and other things to do, including BBQ grills, shaded picnic areas, restrooms and a large playground that boasts a replica of Delicate Arch from Utah’s Arches National Park. San Roque Creek, which flows through the park, features boulders and shallow pools that make it a popular draw for kids and adults alike. On the other side of the creek sits a large grassy field that’s perfect for picnics, events and other gatherings. The field can be accessed via a large sturdy bridge that crosses the San Roque Creek. Stevens Park is dog-friendly, but dogs must always remain on a leash.
HOW TO GET TO STEVENS PARK
From downtown Santa Barbara, take Santa Barbara Street to State Street. Then, continue on State Street to Calle Fresno and turn right onto San Roque Road. Parking will be on your right. If the parking lot is full, continue driving down San Roque Road to the north side of Foothill Road where you will find plenty of overflow parking.