Kathleen's Canyon Overlook

The scenic Kathleen’s Canyon Overlook offers breathtaking views of Black Lake Canyon and the world-class Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes while sheltering various wildlife species. Originally a homestead property, a dilapidated building was removed from the site when it was purchased for conservation in order to restore the land to its natural state. The 55-acre conservation park is dedicated to the late, longtime environmental activist Kathleen Goddard Jones, affectionately known as the “Dunes Mother”.


Open Daily
Dawn – Dusk


Kathleen’s Canyon Overlook is located on the corner of Highway 1 and Callender Road in rural Arroyo Grande. 

Restoration Goals:

  • Restore native coastal dune scrub habitat as well as highlight unique plants found in the Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes.
  • Provide educational opportunities for all ages through interpretive signage about cultural, ecological, historical uses of Black Lake Canyon and the Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes.

Restoration Grants Partners

  • Guadalupe Natural Resource Restoration Trust

Park Status


Kathleen's Canyon Overlook FAQs

KCO is located on the corner of Highway 1 and Callendar Road in Arroyo Grande

The park features a ¼ mile path with interpretive signage, as well as a boardwalk and platform offering views of Black Lake Canyon. 

KCO is open from dawn to dusk every day, including holidays.

There are no entry or parking fees.

Yes, dogs must be on leash at all times. Please pick up after your pet.

KCO has an ADA accessible boardwalk, viewing platform, and wheelchair-friendly picnic tables. The decomposed granite walking path is wide and level, and should be accessible in most wheelchairs.

KCO is funded by donations from the community, in-kind services from local consultants and other professionals, and local grants. Donations to support ongoing maintenance are always welcome and appreciated.