6 Parks near Santa Barbara, California
May 2016 - $55.00
Very spacious sites, but showing signs of lack of funding/maintenance. Staff friendly and helpful, doing a good job with what they have. Could not level the rig at the first site, was able to change to a pretty level 30A site instead. Utilities fine. Problem with first site was typical of many others: site have concrete pads, and concrete is cracked and has settled in those spots- if one or more tires are down in one of those areas, a struggle to level the rig. Many sites which still have concrete pads in good condition have significant back-to-front slopes: would be fine for a TT or 5th wheel, but more of a problem for MH. There are also trees at many of the site entrances, many of which block the entry/exit of the site.
This is an attractive area for camping, with a pool and many other activities for families. More crowded and somewhat noisy over the weekends. If you have a dog, the dangerous foxtail grass is abundant and almost unavoidable.
Fairly expensive to stay here (price above includes a $10/night extra fee for toad) for what you get, but then there are not many options in the general area. - SW Rick
Oct 2015 - $55.00
Stayed here a few days while visiting Santa Barbara. Rate includes an extra $10 per day for toad (!). Half-hour drive from Santa Barbara, but looks like best bet to have hookups and a decent environment near SB.. 30A electric was fine, water pressure around 28psi. Good spacing around sites, the one we had (119) has a concrete pad and was level; a difficult entry backing in because of way the entrance access was sited and the trees on both sides at entry. A good number of the other sites looked like they had a good slope to their pads. Lake was very low due to drought, but overall environment was scenic. Considering the alternatives, we will likely return. - SW Rick
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
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. - 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
Apr 2016 - $104.00
Have stayed several times and this is a very nice park, but they recently raised their rates. We paid the winter rate of $103.50 with Good Sam. Staff is friendly, but not RV'ers. Close to the freeway so if you are looking for peace and quiet, this is not the best choice.
However, that said, the location is close to Santa Barbara (actually north of Goleta), so there are few choices. In the future, we will drive a little further north to Buellton. Lot spacing is nearby with a sunny/open exposure. Site surface was a concrete pad featuring a fire ring and picnic table. - OwenTen
Sep 2015 - $95.00
Very disappointed. Have stayed here 3 times in past because it's level, clean, paved w/relaxing pool & great staff. However, this time were many, many young tent campers. Not only were there many, many tents and young people...there were clothes & towels hanging out, cooking tent/tables and a large U Haul...all at the front entrance. While respectful, they overtook the pool, outdoor common areas and as kids will do, left bathrooms/shower rooms messy and clean up was very slow. Disappointing that management would allow that many tent young tent campers & the resulting impact on those who were there in RVs & motorhomes and paying $95/night. Not sure we will be back as there are other RV Resorts in the area that offer same amenities & don't allow large groups of tent campers to overtake the entire place. - Tumbleweed1352
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
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 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
Jan 2016 - $15.00
This is a great place to stay when visiting Santa Barbara or as a destination for some much needed R&R. I stayed in one of the full hook up sites on the hill. Plenty of room. The space is a rustic ranch style setting with lots to do and see. Amenities include 2 pools, in ground spa, adult lodge, family lodge, a small store and even optional horse back riding. Beware the road leading down to the park is a narrow winding one lane (at times) road (approx 1 mile) and it may be difficult to maneuver if you had to pass someone else while entering or leaving the park. - Tony T
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