The San Marcos Foothills Preserve is a County of Santa Barbara open space located in the foothills between Santa Barbara and Goleta. Encompassing 200 acres (plus a 10 acres park) the Preserve offers extraordinary views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands. The Preserve is the feeding ground for hawks, kestrels, kites, roadrunners, coyotes, bobcats, and hundreds of other animal species. It offers nesting locations for dozens of native bird species, and it provides connecting corridors for wildlife between the Los Padres National Forest and the Goleta Slough.
The Preserve is part of the County of Santa Barbara Parks Division, and is open to the public for low-impact recreation, including hiking, bird watching and on-leash dog walking. Channel Islands Restoration has been designated as the steward of this nature preserve.