El Capitan Canyon

11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, California, 93117, United States | Campground
Prices starting from $59.00

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A travel blog entry by kirstyandtom

... the bar playing scrabble (Which was intense and competitive) and having a few drinks with dinner which was a perfect end to the day.
So the following day was Monday the 30th and we had horse riding planned for the morning! Something both Tom and I have been saving to do here on our travels. All of us were looking forward to it. We had a good amount of time on the horse's and the trail we were on went through the woods through lakes and then ...

E.6.: My Dream Came True!!!

A travel blog entry by nathblanchet


... On Monday, I am most likely going to finish packing my suitcase and if I have some time to spend, I will go to the beach. Since beaches are pretty much inexistant in Quebec, I need to enjoy them here as much as possible. The end of my internship also means the end of this blog. This is probably my last blog post, actually. I want to thank everybody who followed me during this crazy experience. It was harder at the beginning but I got use to it and now I am loving it! I ...

Cruising California coast

A travel blog entry by jpjourneys


... down quite a bit so we
decided to camp in a local RV park where we met some more vanagonauts with a
1984 who were bound from Seattle to San Diego for a few months.

After commiserating for a while in the morning we departed
for our next stop Frog Song in Cotati California
close to Santa Rosa.
They coincidentally just had their 10th anniversary this past September. A
lovely community of 30 units and with a different spin ...

Day 8

A travel blog entry by mattjhorsham


... expected as we got stuck chatting to the owner who had a lot of stories and advice to tell us, he even knew where Ventnor was. After packing our bags we headed out and after yet more trouble with the sat nav we finally found Highway 1. It's quite hard to put into words how good the first half of the days drive was. Our first sight of the coast was amazing and it just got better and better as we climbed ...

Santa Barbara!

A travel blog entry by emstreeter


... The Butler. I've been wanting to see it for a while and it lived up to expectations. Only because I know more about American history than our own at the moment and everything clicked. It's a very confronting movie and hard to believe the black/white division was actually like that! Heads up - you might cry in the first 5 minutes! The next day I did what I've been doing best lately - lazed about. I went to the beach, I went shopping and I also booked ...

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This campground, located on 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, is near Refugio State Park and Beach, El Capitan State Beach, and Circle Bar B Guest Ranch.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews El Capitan Canyon Santa Barbara

    Really, really wonderful!!


    For our 1 year anniversary my boyfriend planned a surprise trip to El Capitan Canyon. He had checked out tripadvisor and was a little nervous about the place after reading all the reviews. However I must say that we had a fabulous time. Yes you can hear the freeway but that is only if your up at the front of the resort, the resort itself goes back into the canyon for another mile and a half so just ask for a cabin farther back. Actually you can hear the ocean at night which is absolutly wonderful. The bed was comfortable and the jacuzzi tub was great, although the water pressure wasnt the best, but hey you are quasi-camping so what do you expect. So if anyone is planning a trip out to Santa Barbara and wants the feeling of camping without actually camping I think that El Capitan Canyon is great!

    This place is awesome. Do not listen to these complainers ...


    I planned this trip for 7 of my friends and I (all btwn the ages of 28-32) for August 2004. A few days before the trip, I read some of the awful reviews and almost cancelled. Luckily, I called the resort instead. Paul was great and made me feel a lot better so we decided to go. The place is such a nice getaway if you are from a city like LA. The cabins are small, but clean and well appointed. Beds are comfy. Bathroom is clean with no toilet / sewer problems and a big soaker tub. The small kitchenette area had enough space to store food for 4 ppl for one wknd. We spent our days hiking, playing frisbee on the lawn, BBQ-ing, playing cards out in the back. The beach is a ten minute walk. The 101 is close by but the noise is only audible at the front drive area. There are families and plenty of people but most are respectful and it is not too crowded. We spent the night grilling our dinner and sitting around the fire. EVERY single person in our group had a great time and would do it again. This is not camping and it is not cheap but a great place for city folk to unwind and feel like you are in nature. I would recommend it to anyone.

    Smell of Sewer


    My mom invited me for a three nights at El Capitan. The internet pictures are deceiving! Three nights turned into less than a half day. The area surrounding the cabins is very dry and bare. We had a cabin with no surrounding trees and the inside of the cabin was unbearable. Very hot during the daytime and cools off somewhat at night. Water does not exist in the "Creekside Cabin." We noticed a foul smell coming from the bathroom when we first arrived, but thought it would eventuallly get better.

    Know What You're Getting Into


    El Capitan Canyon's mistake is billing itself as something it is not -- a semi-luxury wilderness retreat. The canvas tents and "cabins" (they're actually trailers with wood siding that makes them look like cabins) are very nicely decorated, hence the pretty pictures on the web site. But they are crunched together in crowded villages that give them a slight refugee camp feel. Don't come here seeking solitude.



    I read an article on El Capitan Canyon in Travel and Leisure and it

    Truly a restfull retreat


    Although I've moved away from my hometown, I often return for visits.

    Overpriced and Overrated


    We saw El Capitan Canyon's website and were swayed by the photos of what appeared to be romantic, luxurious, rustic cabins in a peaceful, remote canyon. Well, don't be misled.

    Something a little different


    I visited El Capitan Canyon in August, and really enjoyed my stay.

    The setting is very peaceful, and they do not allow cars into the canyon, so it is pretty quiet if you get a cabin further back in the canyon. If you are up closer to the front, as we were, you can here the 101 freeway.

    The cabin was very charming. There were three adults (a couple and one other person), and we were very comfortable in the Creekside Queen.

    Although it is a bit pricey, it is different from your typical hotel experience. I would stay there again.

    Not worth the $$


    We recently spent a weekend here and left feeling somewhat disappointed. We decided that we didn't feel like roughing it, and since it was really going to be our only family vacation for the summer we opted to splurge and try "resort" camping. We had a creekside queen cabin ("creek" is a generous word for the water that trickled down the ravine from us) and the price ($225/night for CAMPING) suggested it would be quite luxurious. The cabin was OKAY, but that's it ...

    TripAdvisor Reviews El Capitan Canyon Santa Barbara

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent