Chumash Casino Resort

The Chumash Casino Resort[1] is owned and operated by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians. Chumash is located near Santa Ynez Airport, in the Santa Ynez Indian Reservation, about 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Solvang, California.[2]


Opened in its present form in August 2003, the casino consists of a 94,000-square-feet (8,730 m2) gaming area with slot machines and table games. A 106-room hotel and spa opened in July 2004. In 2006, the Casino estimated that there were 2,894,561 visitors to the Casino and 34,049 guests in the hotel, nearly all of them from Southern California.[3] The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians have estimated that their casino brings in some 6,000 patrons per day.[4][5]


Musicians who have appeared include : Al Green, Charlie Daniels, Clint Black, Cristian Castro, The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Hank Williams Jr., Intocable, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Kiss, Los Tigres del Norte, The Moody Blues, Pepe Aguilar, Rose Royce, Smokey Robinson, The Spinners, and ZZ Top.


Chumash hosts Elite Xtreme Combat mixed martial arts as well as the Star Voice competition show.[6][7]

AAA four diamond casino resortEdit

Chumash is one of only six AAA four diamond casino resorts in California, with Barona Casino; Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa; Pechanga Resort & Casino; Thunder Valley Casino Resort; and Viejas Casino being the others.


They also own and operate the Chumash Cafe,[8] and the Creekside Buffet,[9] at Chumash Casino Resort.

Root 246,[10] (the third largest employer in Solvang, 105[11][5]) and Hotel Corque[12] (the seventh largest employer in Solvang, 54[11]) are in Solvang, California.

Santa Ynez citizensEdit

There has been multiple lawsuits against the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians by a group of Santa Ynez, CA citizens in recent years, including a suit that was filed April 3, 2015[citation needed] that claims the property where they are building their 12 story high rise hotel/casino is not and has never been part of their "Federal Tribal Trust Land" and part of a federal Indian reservation. The case has now been taken to a United States Federal Court.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Chumash Casino Santa Ynez." 500 Nations. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 East Highway 246 Santa Ynez, CA 93460". Google Maps. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Economic Impact of the Chumash Casino Resort on the County of Santa Barbara", Report prepared by The California Economic Forecast. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  4. ^ "Santa Ynez Reservation". Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Solvang CA. "FY 2008-2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) (PDF)". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  6. ^ Noozhawk. "12 Finalists to Vie for $5,000 and 'Star Voice' Title at Chumash Casino Resort". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  7. ^ Djoir
  8. ^ "Chumash Cafe - Santa Ynez, CA". Yelp. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Creekside Buffet - CLOSED - Santa Ynez, CA". Yelp. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  10. ^ "About-Default". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  11. ^ a b "City of Solvang CAFR". Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  12. ^ "History". Hotel Corque. Retrieved 16 June 2017.

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Coordinates: 34°36′34″N 120°05′10″W / 34.60945°N 120.08613°W / 34.60945; -120.08613