12 RV Parks near Santa Barbara, California
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
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
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
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
Jul 2017 - $50.00
Park has large paved spots, patio area, fire pit, and picnic table. Coin operated showers. Although the pool had outside showers to rinse off the chlorine, to use as part of your pool fee. The pool at the park is like a community pool. $3. per person per session of 2 1/2 hours. Lots of lounge chairs under a tarp for shade. Nothing on the County Park website said fee for swimming so it was disappointing to have tired, hot kids find out they had to pay to cool off. - Eliz Plam
Jun 2017 - $50.00
Cachuma Lake park is very large and has a lot of natural beauty. Well run, clean, and quiet. Thank you for that. That said they have spent a LOT of of money on improvements no one uses - like wasting funds. And you can't access the lake so they have two pools. A sad substitute. We may go back simply for the locale and other attractions in the vicinity. It is a very busy campground. - Browneye
Apr 2017 - $40.00
The park has all types of spaces but this review refers to the full hook up area which use to be a trailer park. It was built on a slope but there was no attempt to tier or level the sites so most if not all have some type of slope requiring some sort of blocking to get level. The interior roads are paved & wide enough to maneuver larger RV's. All of the sites are back-ins. The parking pads are broken concrete in poor condition. Distance and grassy areas establish privacy between the sites. The full hook ups include water, sewer & electricity. Most all of the sites are 30 AMP. Only a handful have 50 AMP service. Those are difficult to find and use as the park doesn't assign them you have to ask for them. The sewer connections were generally at the ground level so it was easy to establish a downhill flow. It seems most of the sites had an outside table but no fire rings/pits. The park offers extended stay rates. From about November to mid March there was no lawn care so the grass got very high making the sites difficult to use. There were quite a few trees scattered throughout the park and around the perimeter so satellite reception would be dependent upon your site. No cable. Only 5 Broadcast channels received with roof mounted antenna which included only 1 of 4 major networks. The park experienced a 3 day power outage in January when night time temperatures were forecasted to get down below freezing. It was difficult to get much information from the park staff as they were difficult to find and did not go around to the few campers to update or even check on them. The designated fenced pet area but it was in a far corner of the park making it a long walk from the full hook up area. Plus the surface was dry grass making it uninviting to walk a dog. There were bag dispensers and collection stations for waste in the fenced pet area but the dispensers were empty. Very poor considering the park charges a $5 fee per pet per night. - bsb814
Jul 2017 - $30.00
Elk Members only. Great location for access to Santa Barbara area. We have stayed several times. Easy access to gravel spots, no shade. Tow parking near by. This time cable tv lines have been remove, free wifi is sub standard. Rates increased. - Edwards-JV
Mar 2017 - $25.00
Nice park. Spaces are wide enough for 4 slides and at least a partial awning. Surface is packed gravel. Register at bar or office if open. Only issue is the dump station is locked so you have to get key from office. So no early departure if you need to dump. - sheltieRV
Jun 2016 - $25.00
Very professionally operated. Excellent RV park maintenance. Spaces are crowded, but well defined. Beautiful lodge and grounds. - AsleepontheBeach
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
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
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