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Address: U.S. 101, CA
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Family reunion - blown away

We have camped down the road at El Capitan for decades. It was closed this year due to a fire. Miraculously, all 40+ of us got spots at Gaviota with about a week notice. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
AliceHasFaith
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Carmichael, California
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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12 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Campground is literally just a concrete parking lot with dirt & weeds, and the most expensive!!! Disgusting and dirty - they don't clean up after each person nor the bathrooms or wash station! You will get tar all over your feet and shoes at the beach because it is under the train! The freeway is next to you so you... More 

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Carmichael, California
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have camped down the road at El Capitan for decades. It was closed this year due to a fire. Miraculously, all 40+ of us got spots at Gaviota with about a week notice. The beach was gorgeous: flat terrain, short walk to the bathrooms and campsites, not crowded. In the evenings, the wind came up: it was out of... More 

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Thank AliceHasFaith
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Upon entry, this place looks like a rundown trailer park. Restrooms were ok and the store is way overpriced (thus, bring your own gear/food). The beach itself makes it worth going especially if you go to the sea cliffs. Nice spots to take pics. The further you go down the sea cliffs the cleaner it gets. It's worth a day... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Don't forget the Gaviota Wind Caves located within the state park. If you are in the mood for a moderately(+) short hike (of course moderate, as in difficulty, is highly subjective), with sweeping views, the Gaviota Wind Caves are a great choice. The caves, primarily sandstone, are interestingly carved, from way too many years than I can count, are worth... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

This little gem in the California State parks system is a must see. While it looks small, there are miles and miles of hiking trails that are amazing. The campsites are in close proximity to one another and there are not many trees (if any) on the actual sites. The wind can be brutal, which makes a camping trip challenging.... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for sunset yesterday and it was perfect. I'm told this location is windy but it was not yesterday. The rocks provide someplace to sit, the hillside slate-ish look is interesting and the sunset colors all you ask for. (Note you do have to pay a state park entrance fee to park a car inside the park. I'm... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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353 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Our visit to this park was a mixed bag. The beach was a disappointment. However, the railroad trestle was truly an engineering marvel!

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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

Family and I went there yesterday to bbq but it was too windy and cold. The lady officer that was there was really nice and helpful. We did bbq but ended up leaving early.

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Williams Lake, Canada
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48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We visited this beach 2 over our week long stay. Moderate waves, kids tried body boarding. Sandy beach with minimal rocks. Can walk a km or two along the beach to the south during lower tide. Picnic tables at the beach to store your stuff and eat at. Pier was closed due to damage in a storm last year.

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Boise, Idaho
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46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

There was a sign at the fee booth that said there were no refunds given for wind. We did find the beach area to be very windy, but the campground wasn't too bad. (I think that can be variable.) While there, we saw porpoises feeding off shore and also spotted a couple of whales spouting. It was terrific.

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