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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

El Capitan Canyon was wonderful-- We stayed in a cabin (218), a king with a porch and dedicated fire pit and picnic table. I was worried as this was our first visit because of some of the negative reviews-- what a waste, this is a wonderful place. I would look at the map and select a cabin on the creek... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for a couple of nights of a holiday driving between LA and San Francisco (nice distance as first stop from LA). We’re a family of 5 with kids aged 6,9,11 and I would definitely recommend staying here. It was a really nice change after a few nights in LA - a couple of days closer to nature.... More 

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Irvine, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was our first visit to El Capitan Canyon. Everyone was great. Friendly and helpful. We originally reserved the Corral Lofts, which are Brand NEW and cute... but for a group of 5 - 4 adults and 1 child would be a rather tight squeeze. The Corral Loft offers a loft - great for kids but if any adult above... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I stayed at El Capitan for two nights in the middle of the week. We are by no means outdoor people, but wanted our children to experience camping. We have done a tent with sleeping bags in the backyard, but we hardly got any sleep and our backs were aching the following day. We wanted to do... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We are big outdoor camping types - this was definitely glamping. We stayed in a king creek side cabin. Very nice - hotel style room with a private bathroom and soaking tub. Cleaning service daily. Creek side feels more private than other cabins. If you don't mind glamping with shared bathrooms the safari tents were also very cool. Despite how... More 

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san diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is just how camping should be - a beautiful setting, lots of activities for everyone, and your own personal bathroom. El Cap Canyons had it all. We spent our time down at the beach, hiking to feed the Llamas and goats, playing games, swimming, riding bikes and scooters, eating over the open fire pits in front of the cabin,... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I have visited this "glampsite" twice now: once in April of 2014, and again in July of 2015. My experience both times were wonderful - albeit very different. When visiting in April, I had planned a low-key bridal retreat for a dear friend of mine, and her bridal party (7 women total, all in our early 30s), and this place... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The entrance is easy to find right off the highway. Very nice staff greet you at the entrance, check in staff was also very friendly. The market sells firewood for $7 bucks a bundle and it cooks for 1:15 minutes of burn time. You can have the bundles delivered for a couple bucks, but we carried it out. This is... More 

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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

El Capitan is a very well planned nature experience, with great cabins, but beautiful natural vegetation, rustic fences and artistic touches throughout, a convenient store, fun activities for families like music/BBQ and movie nights, a playground and swimming pool and trails to hike, see Llamas and go to the beach. The cabins are very nice, and we rented a Corral... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

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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