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El Capitan Canyon

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11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great "glamping" experience, we really enjoyed our stay here. We had three cabins of family members backing the creek and near the pool. The cabins were great: really, clean, mini kitchens with tons of storage, lofts for the kids to sleep/play in and BATHROOMS. The grounds are beautiful and the pool is clean. You can get ice and wood delivered... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

El Capitan Canyon has been here for years and years, in fact the first time we visited was well over 20 years ago. Much has changed here over the years. They now sport a "glamping" section which allows campers to spruce up their experience with a more luxurious camping encounter. Glamour plus camping = "glamping" and in California, this has... More 

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Hermosa Beach, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
16 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time here for about a day and half. Definitely a few things to note: I was expecting to go "camping" or "glamping" but this is really more like a summer camp setup. It's not really tents/cabins in the woods - it's more large groups of them set around green areas in the middle. There seem to... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really wanted to like the idea of a luxury camping experience with the kids. This was nothing more than an overpriced trailer park experience. We stayed in a larger cabin that sleeps five. It was tiny and the loft was an attic space with flimsy, thin, cot style pads. The bathroom towels were low quality, shedding cotton lint on our... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We rented a tent for our first "glamping" experience and can say with confidence that it won't be our last! Every staff member we met was incredibly helpful and kind and from the moment you arrive, they seek to put you at ease and help you relax. This place is catered to those from the city looking for a quick... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I like this place, but it can get crowded, hot and buggy. If you pick the right time of year, I think you will be happy. It is just hard figuring out what is the best time of year. In the summer, they have a BBQ and music on the weekends which is fun and the summer summer usually is... More 

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Piedmont, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We have been going to El Capitan Canyon for close to 10 years. We've stayed in tents, creekside queens and canyon bunks, up the canyon and down low and it's all great. The cabins are beginning to show their age and could use some sprucing up, but the beds are still comfortable and it's camping with a shower, toilet and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We rented 2 creekside double cabins and a yurt for our group of 3 small families. The kids had an amazing time climbing rocks, looking at bugs and running around the large grassy area in the middle of the "campground". With a tub, toilet and fridge, this is truly "glamping". Nice hike up to see the llamas and wonderful views.... More 

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Los Angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We just returned from a 4 night stay - 3 kids and 2 adults. We stayed in cabin 311 which was newly remodeled. It was very clean and quaint. Super comfortable king sized bed, great little kitchen, hardwood floors. Our two boys slept in the loft (contains 3 mattresses and bedding). The stairs to the loft are very steep and... More 

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Redondo Beach, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We stayed here June 2014 and had a wonderful time. This specific trip was with a group of 25. We go on group trips every year and look for places that are self contained, and where we can spend time together but also time on our own. These are always camping/glamping trips. This is definitely GLAMPING. It's expensive for camping,... More 

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