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.

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)

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.”

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.

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!

We are proud to announce our grandest addition: The Safari Cabin! Located on a private hilltop, this two-bedroom cabin suite is our most spacious accommodation and features sweeping views among other unique amenities. Read the full description.

805 LivingLocal magazine 805 Living lists the Canyon as a “Travel Find” for the month of August. “Camping at El Capitan Canyon resort, 20 miles north of downtown Santa Barbara, isn’t exactly roughing it. Choose from well-appointed cabins or heavy canvas tents with wooden floors for unique back-to-nature getaways…” Read the section excerpt in PDF format.

Summer is upon us! Cool coastal mornings transform into warm afternoons bringing mild ocean breezes and plenty of sunshine. Now is the time when families come together at El Capitan Canyon to enjoy a camp-like atmosphere complete with activities such as stargazing, docent led hikes and summer concerts. In the evenings, enjoy a crackling fire, roast some marshmallows and enjoy the spectacular show of stars overhead. Our beautiful location and friendly staff are ready to provide everything you need for a great family vacation and beautiful memories for years to come.

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.


Caution About Creek

Guests are specifically cautioned to stay well away from the creek since recent winter storm damage has created significant and dangerous health and safety risks in and near the creek and creek banks, as well as stay well away from any construction site.

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.