3250 Alisal Rd.
Goleta, CA 93117
Hike to Waterfall: .7 miles out & back Level: Easy
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Trailhead: 34.532563, -120.176536
Nojoqui, named after the Chumash village, Naxuwi, is a park in Santa Barbara with thick greenery, Spanish moss hanging from the trees and an 80 ft. waterfall.
There is a legend surrounding the falls involving a drought that caused the Chumash people much hardship. The chief asked for the gods to help them and a beautiful woman appeared showing him to this area and flowing waterfall. Their hardships were then over.
There was a rancho in this area during the Spanish rule that was later used as a stagecoach stop. Rancho Nojoqui was a 13,284-acre Mexican land grant. After the Mexican-American war, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo stated that land grants would be honored.
As required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim for Rancho Nojoqui was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852, and the grant was patented to Raimundo Carrillo in 1869.
Personal Experience: This is a short but beautiful adventure, regardless of water flowing from the falls or not. Santa Barbara is such a truly enjoyable place to visit. We went in the summer when the falls were at their weakest but it was still an incredible site to see.
The waterfall was at a trickle when we visited. We got very little rainfall this winter unfortunately. It was still beautiful nontheless: