Elings Park - Mountain Biking

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This is the largest privately-funded park in America. It offers all kinds of recreational activities not least of which is a great trail system for mountain biking.

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Sean McKnight


9.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

2.2 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1/2 hour to 1 hour


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Land Website

Elings Park



Elings Park is a 230-acre (0.93 km2) non-profit park located in Santa Barbara. It's actually the largest privately funded park in America. The park consists of sports fields, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, wedding/special event venues, and landscaped walkways. The park is a hub for mountain biking, team-based sports, paragliding, and other outdoor activities.

What Makes It Great

For mountain biking, it is a favorite after work / evening ride that is easily accessible from the Mesa or from Downtown via bike. The trails are designed in a system of loops, and you can cover the whole park riding an approximate six-mile loop. You can also pick and choose from harder or easier trails and do a number of laps if you wish. It's a great place for both novices and experienced riders to work on bike handling skills on singletrack. Like much of the mountain biking in the area, the trails at Elings are really great spots for trail running and hiking, so enjoy and share the trails!

Open from 7 am to sunset seven days a week, make sure to take in the gorgeous ocean views while you're there. Free parking and facilities available onsite.

Who is Going to Love It

There are 9 miles of mountain biking trails, most of them mellow cruisers. It's a good place for an easy day of biking or for those wanted to rumble around on trails without any major technical challenges. The park is right in town, so it's a great option for a quick workout. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The park is often accessed by downtown or neighborhood parking. The physical address is 1298 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 and there is plenty of free parking available. 


Elings Park

1298 Las Positas Road
Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
34.409989, -119.73536

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