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El Capitán State Beach
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 42 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 42 Feet
Driving Directions to El Capitán SB
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.Online Reservations
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
El Capitan State beach is currently under severe water rationing after the loss of the water treatment facility to the Sherpa Fire. As such, the day use are will be open with chemical toilets only starting Tuesday June 28, 2016 until the treatment plant can be brought back on line. Refugio State beach (2 miles west of El Capitan) is open with full services.
El Capitan State Beach campground will remain closed with an expect reopen date of July 29, 2016. This date is tentative and may be extended depending upon the progress of bringing a new temporary treatment facility on line. Information will be posted on this web site when the campground reopens. If an extension becomes necessary, State Parks will make notifications to all impacted reservation holders at least one week prior to the date impacted. Camping reservation refunds will be issued through Reserve America.
These water issues do not affect the El Capitan Canyon Resort or the Ocean Mesa campground.
California State Parks apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this emergency.
El Capitán State Beach no longer has an RV dump station. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
El Capitán State Beach offers visitors a sandy beach, rocky tidepools, and stands of sycamore and oaks along El Capitán Creek. It’s a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking and camping. A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the beach area.
Beach wheelchairs are available for use by the public with no cost. With this specially designed chair, wheelchair users may access the beach at several locations. Contact a ranger or lifeguard for additional information.
Location - Directions
The beach is located off Highway 101 seventeen miles west of Santa Barbara.
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RV rental policy
Trailers may be rented from 101 RV Rental Concession. This is the only permitted business for delivery of RVs in this state park. For any questions contact 101 RV Rental 805-210-7391
Camp Store Hours
Available Activities and Facilities at El Capitán State Beach
Hike or Bike Campsites
Exhibits and Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available