Santa Barbara County Campgrounds

Santa Barbara, California

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Many people consider Santa Barbara the most livable city in the United States. The blue ocean, sparkling beaches, green mountain backdrop, mild, sunny weather, and Spanish architecture all combine to provide the ingredients for a near-perfect lifestyle. The rest of the county is equally attractive to visitors and outdoor enthusiasts. Beaches such as Carpinteria, El Capitan, and Refugio are among the best in the state, and inland, the Sierra Madre and San Rafael Mountains join with the Los Padres National Forest to provide a prime wilderness experience. Lake Cachuma offers one of the largest waterfront campgrounds in the state, and nearby Solvang is a replica of a small Danish town, complete with authentic food and architecture. The Santa Ynez Mountains are the only coastal range on the west coast of North America that runs east-west. This allows ocean breezes and moisture to flow inland, creating an ideal climate for producing all the classic varieties of grapes. Consequently, more than 35 wineries are located north of Santa Barbara, mostly clustered around the small town of Los Olivos. Many are open for tours, wine tastings, and retail sales. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Miranda Pine, Horseshoe Spring, Brookshire Spring, Colson, Barrel Spring, Wagon Flat, Bates Canyon, Aliso Park, Figueroa, Davy Brown, Nira, Cachuma, Jalama Beach Park, Gaviota State Park, Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, Live Oak Group Camp, River Park, Refugio State Beach, El Capitan State Beach, Fremont, Paradise, Los Prietos, Sage Hill, Upper Oso, Juncal, Middle Santa Ynez, P-Bar Flat, Mono, and Carpinteria State Beach.

Santa Barbara County Campgrounds Professional Review and Guide

"Many people consider Santa Barbara the most livable city in the United States. The blue ocean, sparkling beaches, green mountain backdrop, mild, sunny weather, and Spanish architecture all combine to provide the ingredients for a near-perfect lifestyle. The rest of the county is equally attractive to visitors and outdoor enthusiasts. Beaches such as Carpinteria, El Capitan, and Refugio are among the best in the state, and inland, the Sierra Madre and San Rafael Mountains join with the Los Padres National Forest to provide a prime wilderness experience. Lake Cachuma offers one of the largest waterfront campgrounds in the state, and nearby Solvang is a replica of a small Danish town, complete with authentic food and architecture. The Santa Ynez Mountains are the only coastal range on the west coast of North America that runs east-west. This allows ocean breezes and moisture to flow inland, creating an ideal climate for producing all the classic varieties of grapes. Consequently, more than 35 wineries are located north of Santa Barbara, mostly clustered around the small town of Los Olivos. Many are open for tours, wine tastings, and retail sales. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Miranda Pine, Horseshoe Spring, Brookshire Spring, Colson, Barrel Spring, Wagon Flat, Bates Canyon, Aliso Park, Figueroa, Davy Brown, Nira, Cachuma, Jalama Beach Park, Gaviota State Park, Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, Live Oak Group Camp, River Park, Refugio State Beach, El Capitan State Beach, Fremont, Paradise, Los Prietos, Sage Hill, Upper Oso, Juncal, Middle Santa Ynez, P-Bar Flat, Mono, and Carpinteria State Beach."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Santa Barbara
Season: All year
Additional Use: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Local Contacts: Los Padres National Forest; California Department of Parks and Recreation
Driving Directions: Directions to Santa Barbara County Campgrounds

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