6 Parks near Santa Barbara, California
Feb 2015 - $44.00
Nice place to stay!! We stayed in our RV for 4 nights, space #160. There was a huge tree overhead and a large space which accommodated our tow vehicle in front of the RV. Clean, quiet, tranquil, lots of nature, close to attractions. We really enjoyed our stay! - jazander
Dec 2014 - $50.00
We stayed for 1 night after visiting Solvang during the day. The camp was in a fantastic location at the Cachuma Lake, and the site was big and very easy to get into with the RV.
The restrooms very clearly meant to be a backup for the RV as one of the wash basins didn't work at all, and there were no mirrors. There was no heating either, but given the fact that this was a natural park I guess that is to be expected - I don't know what the typical standard is in other similar parks. - great dane on wheels
Aug 2014 - $46.00
First off, the lake is really low so RV sites are not close to the water as they once were. Price is pretty steep for an older park with no 50 amp service. Most sites are back in and do require some leveling. The sites are mostly concrete slabs, with many needing replacement. Good spacing, grass, between sites. Many trees, that do need trimming, but we were able to use our satellite dish. There are many sites that are big rig friendly. No Wi-Fi. Nice location to get to the Solvang area and Santa Barbara, but, in my opinion, overpriced for what you get. - mcharland
Jul 2014 - $25.00
This Elks Lodge is actually located about 6 miles north of Santa Barbara in Goleta, just off the 101. This is one of the nicest Elks lodges we've seen - great restaurant, nice billards room, showers/gym available for $10 extra per stay. The RV spots are all back in and pretty close together - too tight even to park your tow, which needs to park in the lot. We were in site 7, which shares a utility box with site 7A, and we had a neighbor that parked so close we could literally reach out and touch windows. Not all sites were that close, so if you'd like some space (like I do), opt for another site. Sites are assigned when you make reservations & they would not move us when spots opened up. Like the other reviewers mentioned, the noise from the 101 is constant 24/7, but with the windows closed & earplugs, OK for sleeping. - gtogrl1
Jun 2013 - $25.00
This is an Elks member campground only. It is very clean, and Elks members are invited to use the clubhouse. Access to showers, gym, spa and laundry is available for an additional $10 per stay. Although there are no sewer hook-ups, there is a most inventive dump station. The club is in a beautiful neighborhood with flowers everywhere, and the commuter train goes through so fast you might think you imagined it. - Diane Yeager
Jun 2013 - $25.00
Elks Members Only. Nice Location; shopping is a 10 min walk; 60+ channel cable TV; Wi-Fi; Spots wide enough for slides on both sides. Sat TV is best on sites 1 to 6. Very friendly Lodge. Will take reservations. Sites assigned; dump on site. Close to Hwy 101. Will stay again. - silverado
Jul 2015 - $95.00
This campground and its sister "glamping" facility next door, are situated on some very expensive real estate. That might help explain the high prices. There are sites for everything from tents to diesel pushers. Our site was located on the lower level, middle row near the bottom and we did have a partial ocean view. The site had level concrete for our RV but you step into dirt when you exit your coach. There was paved area in back for our toad. There are fire rings and tables at each site.
During our summer, mid-week visit the park was filled with families and lots of kids. There is a large grassy area with playground equipment for kids and a dog run. There are also hiking paths but be aware dogs aren't allowed on them.
As others have mentioned, it's a long walk to the beach. - Recycled
May 2015 - $95.00
This is an above average campground, at best. At $60/night I might have rated it an 8, but at $95/night, it's one of the most expensive parks we have stayed at and simply is not worth it. There is a nice pool and hot tub with a decent deck area. All public areas are clean and well maintained as are the RV sites. There is no view of the ocean from the parking spots even though it is so close. The hiking trails are not well marked at all and signs are very confusing. There is no easy way to get to the beach, and it's not a very impressive beach area anyway. The staff is not professional at all. We got the impression that it is mostly staffed by teenagers paid minimum wage. They are not very helpful and very shy and unassertive. Therefore, rules like the adult swim time and the no smoking policy are not enforced. We got to the hot tub one night at 9:30 and a bunch of small children (and their parents) were shooting high powered squirt guns between the pool and hot tub even though no children are supposed to be there after 9 PM. I doubt we would ever return to this park even though Santa Barbara itself was beautiful...there are just many nicer places to spend your time and money than this. - MitchR
Jan 2015 - $75.00
Stayed 5 nights over New Years. Site was level and clean. Sites in the bottom loops are pretty close together and you can smell the neighbour's sewer at times. We had to ask our neighbour to close it while we ate outside. (Luckily he was cool about it).
Besides the sewer situation, I would have thought they would have stronger towers for Wi Fi being it is such a new RV Park. WiFi was free but practically useless when park is full.
Pool and Jacuzzi were clean. Bathrooms clean, updated and well maintained. Check- in was friendly and provided lots of information, maps etc. Being 12 miles from Santa Barbara didn't bother us as it seems to affect other campers' ratings of this park. We were just as glad to be that much closer to Solvang. It's all relative. We will absolutely be back. - MrsWeller
Mar 2014 - $20.00
This National Forest Park is very old, and in need of repairs to the interior roads. Sites are mostly all shaded, nice, mature trees. Several old, dilapidated, junky sheds next to the camp host sites, with mounds of junk piled behind, next to, and around them. Host trailer appears to have been here for years (moss-covered, dirty), and their site is a mess. Looks a lot like Slab City. - rvolson
Mar 2015 - $0.00
Have stayed here several times using our TT membership and always enjoy ourselves. Park was busy this time around with most every site be taken. We used this Park as a staging area for attending the "Vinter's Wine Festival" in Buellton and had a wonderful time. Very friendly staff and always quiet here. We will stay here again and again. - acampingfan
Oct 2014 - $3.00
We are Thousand Trails Zone Pass members and have stayed in several Thousand Trails parks. We were not particularly impressed with this park. Most other reviewers mention the difficulty on the narrow winding road with blind curves going in and out of the park, so we disconnected our toad before going in, but DH says even with our 38' motor home we could have stayed connected and been okay. There are mirrors on all the blind curves and there is only one spot where two rigs could not pass. The long steep grades on the highway getting over the passes are bigger issues for the driver. The park was dusty, there is very little shade available at the sites, and most are a long steep walk to and from the amenities. The pools were open and one was heated a little bit, but full of leaves. We didn't use the amenities, and never even visited the lodges because of the dust and steep hill to walk there. Sites were spacious enough, and we loved the quiet (silence) and dark skies at night. The location and entry road make this a difficult location to use as base camp to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, and other areas of interest. We would not stay here again. - MissMyGolden
Sep 2014 - $10.00
The $10 rate reflects the RPI rate. This park is outside of Santa Barbara about 15 miles on CA route 154 "up" the mountain, then there is another 5 miles before you reach the entrance to the park. Then you have a couple of miles of "very curvy" road to the check-in gate. The sites are gravel/dirt back-in with full hookups, a picnic table, and some have a shade tree. The middle of Sept was quite hot, into the upper 90s, so a shade tree was nice to have. The pool area is gorgeous with a lot of trees, two pools and a spa as well as a general store. There is also a historic stone lodge that is used for gatherings as well as TV watching. There are a lot of hiking/horseback riding trails. A drive down to the Santa Barbara pier is about 25 miles, back down the mountain. They do offer group meals and other amenities on the weekends. - Michael Kibler
Mar 2015 - $70.00
This is an over-priced, no-frills, small campground. Tight, gravel, well-groomed spaces. No amenities. Parking our 40' was tricky but do-able. Entry and egress to/from campground challenging. Really big rigs be warned. Friendly staff. Clean restrooms. Next to freeway with sound barrier. When you exit the freeway, be prepared to take an immediate left into the campground, not the second "alley". - StephenK
Jul 2013 - $60.00
Our stay was for one night and were we ever glad!! No one was in the office when we arrived on Sunday afternoon and their note said they would be back on Wednesday. Took a site that was on an envelope taped to the front door and then backed our rig in. We had 50 amp until we turned on one AC then we lost it. Went down to 30 amp until we turned the AC back on. Then we had NO electric all night.... just ran our inverter. The only time we reached someone was when I left a message stating we didn't know the rate and to please let us know, and we'd send them a check. The manager was at our site within 10 minutes. Dirty place and bathrooms were filthy. We would never stay there again. - travelfool
May 2013 - $66.00
I was hesitant to stay here because of the negative reviews but it's the only show in town. It was worse that I had anticipated. I almost had to detach my toad while pulling in, cleared the wall by an inch while cars where honking getting off the freeway. To get to our spot we had to drive thru the park, which is not easy, exit the park and then re enter thru another exit. You had better be an experienced driver to stay here. I watch a guy in a 36ft motorhome take about 30 min to jockey into his spot. Only a wall separates this park from the freeway. You will be within 10ft from the freeway in some spots. Noise is constant. There is no room to walk around for exercise and the neighborhood is a bit sketchy. All this for a mere $66 a night. We have been on the road for 7 months, staying at about 35 campgrounds, this is BY FAR the worst. I'm not telling you not to stay here, it is the only location in SB, but be prepared. The women who lives here running the park is very sweet. - Jones714