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Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes
Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes at Santa Maria, California

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes & Visitor Center

Category: Attractions
1065 Guadalupe Street GuadalupeCalifornia93434
Before you go

Guadalupe - Nipomo Dunes & Visitor Center

Located along an 18-mile stretch of ocean in Central California, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex is the second largest dune system in California. The ecosystem at the dunes is home to at least 18 endangered species of plants. A portion of the complex has been declared a National Natural Landmark for conservation purposes. Another portion of the complex has been set aside for recreational use, such as camping and off-road vehicle operation. There is a welcome center onsite to answer questions visitors might have.


Hours -

Sunrise to sunset

Prices -

Entry fee donations are welcome

Events -

Trees of the Season, Community Outreach Events, Coreopsis Cup Golf Tournament


  • Camping
  • Wildlife Refuge
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ocean Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area


Educational programs such as afterschool programs, community outreach and education stations are offered.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to lead hikes, greet visitors, guide tours, maintain the garden, educate the public and plan special events.


What events are held at the dunes?

Annual events held by the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center include Trees of the Season, the Coreopsis Cup Golf Tournament, and various community outreach activities.

What are some native plants in the park?

At least 18 endangered plant species can be found in the dunes, including La Graciosa thistle, surf thistle, beach spectacle pod and crisp dune mint.

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