Parking and Directions


Coal Oil Point Reserve is on Google Maps.

DRIVING?  From the 101: Exit Glen Annie/Storke and turn onto Storke towards the ocean.  Take Storke Rd. until the crossing with El Colegio Rd. and continue straight into Slough Road.  Take Slough Road untill the end.  The Nature Center is on building 7060 at the end of Slough Road.  To enter the COPR field station and parking area, continue through the locked yellow gate at the end of Slough Road.  The combination to the locked is given at the time of your RAMS application.  

BIKING from Campus or Isla Vista?  Go to Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista and head west all the way until the road ends at Camino Majorca Rd.  Continue along the bluff top on a dirt bike path.  The path ends at Coal Oil Point.   


There are limited parking spaces inside the gate at the reserve.  These spaces are available for staff, volunteers, researchers, and classes.  The reserve has a locked gate, and the combination of the gate changes frequently.  The gate code will be provided after your RAMS application is approved.  Using the reserve’s parking area for beach recreation is strictly prohibited, and the vehicle will be towed.  

For self-guided tours, birding, and other informal activities, you may park at the UCSB parking lot located just before the reserve’s locked gate on Seaway Drive.  You may purchase a day-use or hourly permit at the permit dispenser in the lot.