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”.

Visitors can enjoy a .25 mile nature trail, canyon overlook platform, and all ages-play structure, every day from dawn to dusk.  Interpretive signage and Vizzit audio tour can be used to learn more about the local plants and animals, historical uses of the lands, and important people that protected The Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes. Instructions to access the audio tour are on site but can also be found HERE. All information found on interpretive signage and the audio tour can be found in English and Spanish.

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