Planned Power Outage

On Friday, April 21st 2017 from 8:00am to 4:00pm, El Capitan Canyon and Ocean Mesa will experience a power outage while utility poles and power transformers are replaced. Power will be out at all Ocean Mesa RV sites, the Ocean Mesa store, and El Cap cabins west of the creek. A helicopter will be used to replace the poles so there will be noise off and on during this time. We do not expect to lose power at the El Cap Market or the El Cap Front Desk.

El Capitan Canyon Update

We have a VERY exciting announcement!

Our Reservations Team is back behind the phone lines and accepting reservations for this summer season and beyond!!

The creek is flowing, the hills are thriving with new growth and our staff is eager to welcome guests back into the Canyon!!

Call 866-352-2729 to check availability and book your stay!!

Previous Update

We are pleased to announce that our sister property, Ocean Mesa is now open and welcoming guests to our beautiful Gaviota Coast!

Here in the Canyon, our staff and local experts are making great progress in their work on restoration projects throughout the property. Additionally, we are finalizing details for our 2017 summer concert series and summer activities calendar.

We will continue to update our website and social media sites with the most current information.

Once again, we would like to thank all of our Canyon staff, local community and valued guests for their support and assistance during this time of restoration and renewal. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Canyon very soon!

@elcapcanyon on Twitter

Previous Update

On the morning of Friday, January 20th El Capitan Canyon experienced a significant rain event which affected many parts of El Capitan Canyon Resort’s property. We are extremely thankful that all guests and staff are safe and no one was injured. We are grateful to the first responders and construction staff who promptly evacuated everyone on site.

While our grounds sustained significant damage in some areas, other sections remain untouched. At this time, our primary concern is the safety and restoration within the Canyon. Our staff and crews are working tirelessly to restore the grounds to their original beauty as soon as possible. As we create a timeline for reopening the property, we will continue to update our website and social media sites with the most current information.

Finally, we would also like to extend our gratitude to those in the community who have reached out with offers of support and assistance. Our Canyon staff has been a growing family over the years, and it is amazing to feel the love from our extended family in the Santa Barbara and Gaviota community. We look forward to welcoming back visitors in the near future.

Santa Barbara Resort Lodging

Nature Lodging on the Southern California coast: Not a contradiction in terms, but a unique reality at El Capitan Canyon.

El Capitan Canyon resort is a mere 20 miles north of Santa Barbara. Located in a seaside pocket on 300 plus acres on the picturesque Pacific coast, the nature lodging experience at El Capitan Canyon was created for those who have the desire to totally unwind, relax and commune with nature.

Enjoy services and amenities typically found in a traditional resort, yet it’s minimalism without deprivation… comfort without over-indulgence. The glories of nature without the overbearing manufactured hand of man.

Experience the natural beauty of the environment in a camp-like surrounding with all the creature comforts we have come to enjoy and expect.

A return to the simple things in life that truly make us happy.

El Capitan Canyon after Sherpa FireThanks to the miraculous efforts of our fire fighters, we escaped any damage to our facilities from the Sherpa wild fire in June of 2016. The hills surrounding the Canyon are gray from the recent burn but that just provides a new landscape to explore! If you’d like to contribute to help support firefighters and their families, may we suggest the following organizations:
S.B. County Firefighters Benevolent Foundation
Wildland Firefighter Foundation

ABC7 Eye on LA at El Cap“This is how we camp! We mean, glamp!” The annual Eye on LA Summer Guide from ABC 7 in Los Angeles shows what staying at El Cap has to offer and they cover other popular destinations around the So Cal area. Watch it online! (opens new window)

Massage Sign at El CapA hesitant camper finds bliss at El Cap in this review and photo slideshow for The Examiner, “On our second day at El Capitan Canyon, I treated myself to the “Canyon Classic” signature massage which consisted of 55-minutes of pure relaxation amidst the sounds of crickets chirping and cooing doves.”

Recommended by Green Traveler GuidesGreen Traveler Guides reviews the Canyon as a natural escape filled with wildlife sightings, comfortable camping, and adventurous activities. “If you’re looking for a gateway to experience Santa Barbara’s glorious nature, want to expose your children to it, or are already a devout lover of the outdoors, you’ll be right at home at naturally green and eco-friendly El Capitan Canyon.”

Lonely Planet travel experts have reviewed and recommended El Capitan Canyon as a Top Choice in the 2013 Lonely Planet travel guide, “Safari tents are rustic, while creekside cedar cabins come with heavenly mattresses, kitchenettes and outdoor fire pits.”

Smiling LlamaEl Capitan Canyon, You Stole My Heart. The Ordinary Travelers says out loud what we are all thinking. During their stay here, these two travelers found that, “El Capitan Canyon turned out to be the perfect combination of experiencing nature and the relaxing getaway that we desperately needed.” Agreed. View the photos and story.

Mens Journal CoverMen’s Journal Approved Travel, Cushy California Camping. This MJ story tells readers looking for a “stress free retreat from society” about the comforts of staying in an El Cap Adventure Yurt or to step it up a notch to one of our cedar cabins. “Whatever housing you choose, you’re basically sleeping in a modestly secluded creekside forest, which is the point after all.” Read the rest.

Adventure YurtThe Wall Street Journal introduces readers to yurt camping in their Travel story, Go Not-Quite Camping: Outdoorsy options for those who are a little more Brooke Astor than Bear Grylls. “Clustered near a swimming pool, creek and market, but surrounded by 300 acres of canyon land, the yurts have wooden floors, skylights, small refrigerators and queen-size beds covered with down comforters.” Read the story.

Sunset Magazine CoverSunset Magazine featured El Capitan Canyon as the cover story on luxurious campgrounds, “Tough choices. It’s tempting to sip coffee and be serenaded by birds hidden in the creekside forest. But it’s also hard to pass up an early hike into the hills or a swim down at the beach.” Read the story.

Fox 11 News and Good Day LA spent some time learning what El Capitan Canyon has to offer in the Glamping (Glamourous Camping) category of travel destinations. Watch the video clip!

Springtime in Santa Barbara is a truly unique experience that you will not soon forget. Our sycamore trees are bursting back to life, indigenous wildflowers have scattered themselves throughout the property, dotting the hillsides with bursts of color and we want to share the wealth!

Our Special Packages vary throughout the year bringing together a wonderful cabin or tent stayover, massages, adventure, campfire s’mores, barbecue kits, and award-winning wine selections created for you to explore s’more of what we have to offer!

Share the gift of the great outdoors with an El Capitan Canyon Gift Certificate. Call now to make a gift purchase (866)352-2729.

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Pet Policy

El Capitan Canyon has been designated as a wildlife corridor, therefore, in an effort to protect local wildlife, we have adopted a no pets policy throughout the entire Canyon.

Registered Guest Policy

For the safety and enjoyment of our overnight campers, we do not allow any unregistered guests beyond our Canyon Market.

Group Sales and Weddings

We love hosting groups, events, and weddings here at the Canyon. Find out how we can accomodate your group! Visit our Group Sales section.

Ocean Mesa Campground

Our campground and RV Park, Ocean Mesa at El Capitan is right next door.
Please visit for more information.