Carpinteria SB
Narrated by Russ Christoff

Known as one of the safest beaches in California, Carpinteria State Beach has lots of sandy coastline where people can spread out and relax.

This park is located about 20 miles south of Santa Barbara in the seaside city of Carpinteria and is very popular with campers.

Reservations are necessary if you plan to spend the night in one of its 261 campsites.

Bicycling and early morning walks are pastimes of many who visit,

while others enjoy the beach, surf fishing from their campsites or a hike along the shore.

Evening often brings beautiful sunsets and is a great time for get togethers around the campfire.

Seventeen miles above Santa Barbara, people will find El Capitan State Beach.

At this park, people will find a woodsy terrain to explore.

One hundred forty-one campsites are offered here and can be secured through the reservations system.

Some bluff top campsites reveal great ocean views.

Many visitors will prefer camping at El Capitan because it offers larger, roomier sites than most state beaches.

The bluffs and canyons are dotted with oak and sycamores and give the campsites more privacy and shelter from the ocean wind.

Refugio State Beach is located about six miles north of El Capitan.

People like to visit its tropical environment for many reasons.

This state beach has a good day use area which includes immediate beach access from the parking lot.

Scuba diving is popular with local residents, and visitors are always likely to see surfers.

The camping here is situated back from the shore with only a few of its 85 sites located on the water.

At Carpinteria I talked with the ranger, Andy about the importance of all the state parks in the area.


All the parks in the Channel Coast District all have a unique resource they are protecting whether it’s a recreational resource, historical or archeological or natural resource.

And what makes them so unique is that it’s the last bastion of open space for many people.

Many of the parks are in urban settings or fairly urban areas.

And the value really can’t be measured, it’s a place where people can come and recreate, enjoy natural resources, educate their youngsters, pass the legacy on to future generations and I think that is what the importance of state parks is.

That is why we are here to preserve a resource and present that resource to future generations and I think in the Channel Coast District in particular from our furthest northern unit in all of our parks which just represent unique settings in the California Parks System.