11 RV Parks near Goleta, California
Sep 2010 - $10.00
Rate is based on Golden Age Passport. We arrived about noon on a Sunday. Most all campers had departed though the remnants still there seemed to have been a noisy group. By nightfall, all weekend campers had left and the campground contained only three campers, all arrived during the afternoon and all departed by early morning. Gang symbol XIV noted scrawled on a fixture in a lavatory. Lavatories and showers are tiled but by end of day not very clean. Well laid out campground with paved interior road. Rather tight with boulders on side of road but sites are angled in a way that backing in with a motorhome is easy. Might be more difficult with a 5th wheel. Great place for hiking. The major problem is gnats and flies that makes it difficult to stay outside. - artiemeek
May 2010 - $25.00
Great campground with a couple of wonderful camp hosts. They treated us like family. The sites were large and lots of shade. Great place to bring your family. The hosts helped us set up our fifthwheel and told us about the places to hike. Will return here again. - rosetammy48
Jun 2009 - $40.00
Recreation.gov site said this campground was great for all size RVs. Don't believe it. We had a 37' fifth wheel and it was very difficult getting out of the campground. The campground is a pleasant 40 minute drive on a curved road from the 101. If you go through Greenfield, like we did (following GPS) you'll go across a one lane bridge which we could barely make the corner onto to. When we arrived we found that the campsite we reserved was double booked, but there was another one we could use that was easy to get into. Turns out we never could have backed into the site we had reserved (site # 1, advertised for a 50' unit). They gave us site #3. Most all the sites, including #3) are laid out backwards. The picnic table, fire ring and flat spot are on the wrong side of the unit. Our door opens to a wooden post. We will not come here again. - R&S
Nov 2016 - $55.00
We normally stay here twice a year spring and fall Monday through Friday. Park is quiet and clean not many campers Monday to Wednesday. Park starts filled up on Thursday for the weekend. We like the space we stay in it has a good view on the ocean and surfers catching waves at the point. The beach is sandy, beach use to be rocky but rocks removed when the beach was cleaned up after the oil spill a couple of years ago. There are still rocks but not in the way to play on the beach. Most sites have new picnic tables all sites have a fire rings. There are many places to walk, hike, and bicycle. This is one of the few parks that are at the same level as the beach no cliffs. You can hear the waves crashing of the shore day and night. Only draw back about Refugio is not having a dump station. Since there is no hookups you need to be mindful of you water use if in a motorhome or trailer. There is a nice basketball court with solar chargers for phones or tablets using your own USB cord. - National RV Dolphin
Oct 2015 - $55.00
We love going to Refugio SB, clean and quiet park especially after school in back in. We always stay in site #27, which has a good view of the beach and ocean. This park is nice because the park is level with the beach no cliffs in the way or stairs needed to get to the beach. Park is well maintained and clean. Didn't use restrooms or showers, from looking in they appear to be clean. This year they replaced all the picnic tables with new wooden ones. Like watching the surfers surfing at the point and local school kids learning how to kayak. There is a lot of areas to hike and bike. When we were here last spring we seen several whales migrating north close to shore. We were in a 35-footer. - National RV Dolphin
May 2015 - $55.00
Refugio is a beautiful beach quite and clean. Lots of places to walk you pets. Our site 27 has a good view of the ocean and can watch the surfers at the point from our site. There were several empty site the week we stayed. There is a camp store but never have seen it open, wasn't open the week we stayed last October either. Probably just open on weekends. We were in a 35 ft RV so there's only a few sites that will fit us. We will be back in the fall. - National RV Dolphin
Jun 2012 - $35.00
This was our first visit in over 20 years. My wife's family loved camping here when she was growing up, so it was a nice return visit. The trees provided nice shade and privacy. However, since this is a state park, it's showing the effects of California's budget crisis. The facilities aren't in very good shape, and the restrooms aren't kept very clean. There was standing water in one of the men's shower stalls. But, it was still a great visit. We only heard the train 3 times in three days, and those were in the middle of the day, never at night. We enjoyed listening to the surf at night, and the beach made for some great surf-side running. - John Sims
Aug 2011 - $35.00
We were very disappointed. We heard great things about this park so went out of our way to stay there. Our "pull-through" ocean view reservation was nothing more than a parking lot with about 8 sites marked on the asphalt. Yes, we had a beautiful ocean view until a rig pulled in the site in front of us. And $35 for No Hookups is ridiculous, not to mention a reservation fee too. Now to be fair, there are camping circles with wooded back-in sites, but still no hookups. Yet they were full. People we talked to said they love it there and make their reservations a year in advance. We wouldn't go back. The only advantage was it's relative proximity to Santa Barbara. - bambilynn
Aug 2011 - $43.00
El Capitan is an oceanfront State Park about 25 miles west of Santa Barbara. The best aspects to this park are its proximity to SB, as there aren't many campgrounds in the area, the ocean views and beach. It's right off of the 101 freeway, so it's very easy to access and can accommodate big rigs. The campground doesn't have any hookups or a dump station, so plan on dry camping. We paid $43, which included a $8 Reserve America fee, which seems high relative to the $35 price for the camping space and takes this from a reasonable price to a bit expensive. - User2146
Aug 2015 - $95.00
Reservation site claims "water available", and it was - from a spring-handled tap with no threads for a hose connection. So if you're in an RV, you are dry camping. But the ocean is nearby, so maybe that counts as water, too. Wind was screaming when we arrived, howled all night, and into the next day. We had reservations for two nights, but left after the first. Coin-op showers looked unappealing, restrooms filthy. - TP2ARNs
Jun 2014 - $59.00
This appears to be a day use area turned into a campground. Your site is actually a parking stall with another stall next to it for your tow vehicle or toad. There are two stalls immediately next to you. These stall are spread out in a circle around a dirt center island used by family tenters, which seems to dominate this park. It's overpriced and not really designed for RVs, especially anything over 25'. Would not go back at any price. - Blue Highways Traveler
Aug 2012 - $45.00
I stayed here overnight while traveling through. The campground is situated in a small bowl, surrounded on the sides by small hills. A sign on the kiosk warns you of potential high winds (and no refunds). When I was there, however, there was no wind. In fact, I was wishing for a small breeze, as it was quite warm. The hills seem to hold in the heat. The way to the beach is under the train trestle. This would by a nice place for families or groups to stay while you visit and do other activities in the area. The restrooms and showers were clean. The showers require quarters and have good, hot water. However, the fee is $45!! I just can not justify paying that price for a mostly basic campsite. While my stay there was adequate, I probably won't be back. - AV-Ed
Oct 2016 - $117.00
We have stayed at this park about once a year for the last 6 years. The rate increases every year; honestly $117.00 per night is insane. The facilities are spotless and the staff friendly. Wi-Fi and Cell phone service is very spotty. The weekend we stayed was not crowded and they had a Vintage Trailer rally which included Open House and a party Saturday night - really fun. It's a great park but the price is just too much. - ctravelgal04
Oct 2016 - $115.00
This park has potential, but I feel it has been lacking of late. There is no grass or no decorative rock, so you have dirt surrounding your cement pads. We also had a strong sewer smell we had to deal with ever time we went outside our 5th wheel, probably from their septic tanks overflowing? we also had ants every where, and the wifi was about a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being good. The biggest WTH was the $115/ night fee??? - Vipermanden
Aug 2016 - $125.00
Check in was at 2 pm. We arrived and were given site 884 which is a back in. The site was hard to get into with my 40 motor home. There was a cement pad to park on, and relatively flat, there was a picnic table and fire pit but we couldn't use the fire pit because it was too close to the motor home. Lots of dirt, so sites are dusty. Nice pool and hot tub but here again more kid in the pool than space same as hot tub. Should have adult pool time in the afternoon. The hot tub said for adults only but this wasn't enforced. This park has tent camping and spaces just for tent camping which is down the road from the RV park. But right in the brochure it says no tents in the RV park area, but here again this was not enforced as we walked around the RV park we saw tents right next to RV. All in all I think $125 for this park is a little steep. I was looking forward to a very upscale park for that price and that was not the case. - Crbus
Dec 2016 - $45.00
We stayed at Lake Cachuma on December 27-30, 2016. We were pleased to see that the park was clean and each site was level with a concrete pad and patio. The paved roads are nice and wide! There is a $2 fee per pet per day. The lake is really low due to the drought CA has been experiencing over the last few years.
The park has a well-stocked general store with a gas station, a good-size dog park divided into two sections, a swimming pool (closed during the winter season) and one of the best nature centers. The store and nature center were within 100 yards of our site!
As the weekend came closer, the park filled up quickly! I'm posting pictures, so take a look! - G_Barbosa
Nov 2016 - $25.00
We have been camping at Cachuma Lake for years. We have always had a great experience except for the last few years. Our BBQ did not have a grate on it and they could not find one in the entire park. The restrooms were dirty and lacked electricity and the showers were filled with spiders. If you bring an inflatable mattress, forget trying to find a place to fill it. The store said they used to have an outlet, but it was vandalized so much they removed it. I hope someone takes all my concerns to heart because there a many families that would love to continue to camp there. We're going to stay in a cabin next weekend. I hope it's clean. - KLB58
Jul 2016 - $45.00
The campground has been effected by the State and County cutbacks. Restrooms and Showers were so-so clean. The pool is only open from Noon to 5:30. So never got back to use it. Please note that is campground is 24 MILES from Santa Barbara. I was expecting 7 miles. - V Reither
May 2017 - $60.00
Park is and easy off I-10. They are doing extensive upgrades to the park, adding many new features. We were in the new section of the park. The sites in the new section are cement and very level with grass. Long term residents are in the old section of the park. Park roads easy to navigate. End sites are super-premium have a larger grass area, and come with a gas grill. They will deliver a fire pit and wood to all sites. If you have a dog get a back-in site in the new section that abuts the large grass field, back in are easy enough. (look on google maps) In the older section of the park the sites are gravel/dirt, and smaller with more trees. In the new section, while the sites are concrete, you might still have to disconnect you toad if your motorhome is over 36-37'. Our site was 437. Had sat. access and cement in the new section. The park has a restaurant which is nice, but it is closed tue. and wed. They have nice wine selection at the park, also have hand dipped ice cream. Nice pool and hot tub. Good FHU's in new section, good pressure and steady electric. Most new sites have sat access. The park has decent cable. Wifi worked reasonably well, but was spotty at peak periods. Had good Verizon signal for data, T-Mobile data was spotty. Nice laundry facilities, washers and driers had credit card swipes, that did not work. This is a resort park, so their may be a lot of activity. Would camp here again. There is construction in the park on some new cottages at the time of writing, should be over soon, was not a problem. - wtravlr1
May 2017 - $70.00
The good news they are redoing the park with a new pool and rec area, it is going to be beautiful. Now during the construction the turns are tight with lots of equipment to dodge plus most of the street signs are down making it difficult to get to your site. Was promised a satellite friendly site but the site had a tree completely over the MH, the gentlemen across the way came over and said he had changed sites because there was no way the satellite was going to work ...disappointed. Our site was a pull thru that was not long enough to keep the toad off the road, the sites are narrow and my electric cord just reached the power. Hope at sometime they redo the sites to make them more big rig friendly. A hard park to rate. - sjones
May 2017 - $50.00
Stayed one night passing through so I asked about the length of pull thru sites as I didn't want to unhook toad. Was told all sites were 65' long. Our site was barely long enough for my 30' MH and tow, maybe 55' long at most. Our site as compacted dirt (maybe for one nighters?) while some others were concrete. - EZgoin'
Apr 2015 - $40.00
Los Prietos is a beautiful National Forest Campground. Tucked in the hillside and under wonderful oak trees. The campground itself is decently maintained and the camp hosts are always going around checking the bathrooms etc. the roadway asphalt is a bit worn but still useable. Our hosts warned us about the site size vs my 34 foot rv but I got in with minimal effort. The spots are large enough to feel apart from the other campers but still close enough to know you are in a campground. The turkeys are a nice extra.
We stayed in camp all weekend playing and adventuring the grounds themselves and never got bored. - Dirtrider1974
Oct 2013 - $20.00
Dry camped over night. Self serve, put our money in an envelope. Water taps can be found. Bathrooms were crude and loaded with gnats & flies. Isolated campsite but it was tranquil walking around. Unlevel sites but lots of trees. Good on the budget and within about 12 miles from Santa Barbara. - zzzya
Sep 2009 - $16.00
This is an oak studded, slightly sloped campground, relatively spacious, and we'd rate it a 10, except for two major problems. The restrooms stink, not just when you are in them, but anywhere nearby. There are four different restroom buildings, and they are all the same. The other problem is the campground host has two large dogs tied up outside and another inside his trailer. They barked on and off all night. We didn't sleep at all. The campground is lovely, but the restrooms need major repair/air freshening and the host needs to control his animals. One more note: this campground is not in Santa Ynez. It has a Santa Barbara zip code, but it is physically located between the towns of Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara. - owl
Apr 2017 - $60.00
Secure and clean. Getting to the actual campground was a long and winding road as it is nestled in a valley so don't get nervous - we felt like we had missed a turn when all of the sudden there was a sign! Their sites are stadium style so being at the top was great, no neighbors on one side. They were having a pasta dinner then a pancake breakfast during our stay so they do try to get the community together. The horses on site were beautiful and the bathrooms were clean. No concrete pad, gravel and dirt so a bit messy but OK. - The Wandering Woman
Mar 2016 - $10.00
Beautiful location in the Los Padres National Forest. It was an original land grant and sold by the original grant holder to 1000 Trails. Nicely maintained and lots of things to do right in the park or close by. On weekends they serve various meals. We were only here on week days.
We were on the hillside and though we had room for our 33 ft. 5th wheel, the back, past the levelers, was hanging off the hill! We felt safe enough but couldn't walk around the back of the rig.
Only two negatives. The first is the scary last mile into the park. It is a private road and often times is only one lane. It is narrow and twisty!
State Highway 154 is doable by RVs. A few steep grades but just keep the speed down and you are fine. The 2nd negative for us (others may be happy to be unplugged) was the complete lack of a Verizon cell and data signal. We were able to get a Direct TV sat signal. We would definitely come back! - Rick & Karen
Feb 2016 - $1.00
The park is very nice, there are good facilities, and good amount of things to do.
However, the road in is challenging. Even though we had called the ranger station before starting the 1.25 mile narrow entry road, and were assured that no one was on their way out, a pickup and horse trailer met us just as we came around the last curve on the way down into the campground. It became obvious that the person driving the pickup towing the horse trailer was not comfortable backing it up, and since we had our toad attached (and an additional pickup with 5th wheel and two other vehicles behind us), it took quite a while to get it resolved. Eventually (after there were an additional 4 vehicles stuck behind the horse trailer), two of the campground rangers came up, a driver of one of the vehicles behind the horse trailer managed to maneuver it backwards and towards the side of the road, and we all got through.
The other negative for us was that internet and cellphone service, even with Verizon and a cellular booster, is marginal at best. We were about midway up the hill; it may have been better if we had parked on the top row. In the Adult Lodge, it is better, but still not wonderful.
Be aware that the Garmin RV GPS may route you to avoid route 154 (it has a truck warning for trucks more than 30' from kingpin to rear axle). The alternatives that the Garmin suggests look to be much worse (the Garmin indicates "RV Accessibility Unknown" on the routes it recommends, instead of routing you on 154 which it thinks could be a problem). The campground information recommended that we use 154, and we are glad we did (there were no problems for our 43' bus on 154 - the problems occurred on the narrow entry road to the campground).
Rate reflects Thousand Trails membership. - pattic777
Mar 2017 - $70.00
I really liked the park. The staff was friendly and helpful. The park is right off 101 and just a few minutes to downtown or the harbor. It was a bit tight but we got in and out without a problem. We stayed for 2 nights. - Steve C.
Mar 2017 - $70.00
Don't let the low rating for this park turn you away! They've been under new ownership for the last couple years, and the old reviews don't reflect its current state. If you want to be in the heart of Santa Barbara, this is the place to do it. LOCATION: It's definitely an urban park, located right next to Highway 101. Noise from the highway was my biggest concern, but it turned out not to be a big issue. There is a 12' high noise barrier wall, which helps. You do still hear the traffic during the day, but the traffic dies down markedly after about 8 pm. I'm a light sleeper, but with my usual earplugs in I heard nothing and slept fine. The tradeoff is that you're just a few minutes from nearly everything in Santa Barbara, including downtown and the beaches. BIG RIG ACCESS: Only a few sites are readily accessible to big rigs, but the owners (who were full-time RVers themselves) know which ones they are. Be sure to let them know if you have a big rig and they'll tell you if they have a site you can fit in. We were in site #2, which had plenty of width and length for our 41' 5er, and it's right near the entrance for easy access. SITES: Vary greatly in width and length, but the owners will try to put you in one that fits. They are gravel and level. There are some nearby palm trees, but not much shade. Hookups are at the back of the site, so come with plenty of hose and power cord. CONNECTIVITY: Screaming wifi (10 Mbps+ up and down) with solid and stable connections. Some of the best I've seen. Verizon and AT&T both have good but not great coverage (2-3 bars). MANAGEMENT: Outstanding. Owner-managed, and they live on site. Super friendly and will do everything they can to make your stay great. They can also provide great sightseeing tips. VALUE: I do think it's overpriced considering the proximity to 101 and the park's limited amenities. But it's southern California, and you're paying to be in SB and close to the beach. There aren't many other options. - PlanoPilot
Feb 2017 - $70.00
It was difficult to get in and out of our site. No services nearby. Beach access hard to get to. Noise from freeway all night. Presentation appeared to be crowded. I don't think we will stay here again. - Judy2shoes