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El Capitan Canyon

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06/04/2017 06/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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cincinnati
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I came across El Capitan Canyon a few years ago online and it looked wonderful so I mentally stored it away as a place I'd love to go. My husband and I are from Cincinnati and when we decided to plan an LA to SF trip, this place was a must for me. I made a reservation in February for...

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

As someone who grew up camping, "glamping" was a whole new experience for me...and I think I love it. We went a couple of times to El Capitan Canyon, both during the off season. The first time, there were very few other glampers (which was awesome). At night we sat by our fire pit and turned all the lights off...

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Laguna Niguel, California
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Went on reco from friends (and the #RHOC!) and loved it so much we are going back this summer. Cabins are sufficient, with 2 doubles and shower/bath. The coffee pot is critical and there's a small fridge for keeping things cool. The Santa Barbara coffee blend is amazing. They also have a good wine selection in the market. Note, we...

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Reviewed March 30, 2017

We have stayed here three times with two children; the first time, our little one was only 9 months! It's a great getaway from Orange County. We were able to check out the beach one day, drive to Solvang for some wine tasting another day and just relax in between. Safari tent cabins are great because you get the comfort...

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Reviewed January 20, 2017

Had the BEST time here over NYE! Feel in love. So sad to hear about the flood today. All the pictures I see in the news are so sad. Praying for you all! The cabins were amazing and the camping fire pits made it feel so romantic and cozy. The shower was perfect after long hikes. Thanks so much. I...

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Burbank, California
Reviewed January 15, 2017

The camp site: 30 minutes drive north of Santa Barbara. Very close by the freeway exit. Every camp has it's own fire pit and picnic table. We stay at the cabin that can sleep 6, two bunk bed and loft above the bathroom (two twin mattress). There is a microwave, sink and small refrigerator in each cabin. Bedding are comfortable....

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1Thank travelercass
Venice Beach, California
Reviewed January 7, 2017

Easy glamping for families with beach close by and plenty of room for kids to run around. The staff was helpful and friendly and the cabins were clean and cozy. It's an easy way to get outdoors with a big group and kids in tow.

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Long Beach, CA
Reviewed January 6, 2017

We expected so much more. We expected to be warm in the yurt given that resort states they rent them year round, the manufacturer's reviews indicate that they are warm even in the snow and there is a space heater inside. However, we were uncomfortably cold because there was a gap in the yurt between the fabric and the door...

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1Thank rainalini
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed November 21, 2016

We had a nice weekend, however, we were quite disappointed to find that, despite big talk about "being in nature" and wanting guests to get the full "nature" experience, the tents and cabins were packed in so tight that there was really no opportunity to have ANY privacy whatsoever, nevermind feel like we were "in nature". In addition, it was...

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San Diego, California
Reviewed November 1, 2016

Having heard about "glamping" for a while now We finally tried it for just a weekend. We don't own an RV, nor any official camping equipment. Plus, chronic health problems make True camping impossible for us. El Capitan Canyon makes nature accessible for everyone, including people with similar circumstances to ours. Stayed in a cabin, it was clean, cozy and...

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Additional Information about El Capitan Canyon

Address: 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117-9789
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: $60 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 126
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“Quieter off season, make sure to check if there are any events at the longhouse if you stay in the area next to it.”
ceedizzle, 1 week ago | Read review
“check your yurt and make sure there aren't any gaps.”
  • gap in yurt by the door frame
  • broken shutter/bathroom stall doors
  • peeling paint and rotting door frame in women's bathroom
rainalini, Jan 6, 2017 | Read review
“If you are looking to feel like you are "in nature", steer clear of the Safari Tents in the high 170s-180s.”
MagsSoCal, Nov 21, 2016 | Read review
“The king cabins are for couples and have more privacy. The family cabins and tents are more communal style in their setting.”
KaiLight, Nov 1, 2016 | Read review
“Tell them you need something close to the store, if you have mobility issues.”
christina_onthe_road, Oct 26, 2016 | Read review
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