El Capitán SB
Narrated by Russ Christoff

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

At this park, visitors 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 Capitán 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 ocean wind.

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

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 with the importance of all the state parks in the area.

Narrated by Ranger Andy: All the parks in the Channel Coast District have a unique resource their protecting, whether it's a recreational resource, historical, archeological, or natural resource. What makes them so unique is that it's the last bastion of open space for many people, because many of the parks are in urban settings or areas. And the value really can't be measured. It's a place where people can come to recreate, enjoy natural resources, educate their youngsters and pass the legacy on to future generations.

I think that is what the importance of state parks is. It is that we are here to preserve the 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 parks, it just represents unique settings in the California Parks district.