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The Best Camping in Goleta

Looking for the best camping in Goleta? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Goleta. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Goleta

  • Santa Barbara, California

    Forbush Flat and Cottam Camp via Blue Canyon Trail

    6.98 mi / 1955 ft gain
    Forbush Flat and Cottam Camp via Blue Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Goleta, California

    Camp at El Capitan State Beach

    4.7
    This popular campground of 142 sites is equipped with fire rings and a picnic area, in addition to restrooms and showers. There are group campsites available, as well. Click here for more info/ reservations.
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  • Goleta, California

    Camp at El Capitan Canyon

    5.0
    El Capitan Canyon is a gorgeous collection of permanent tents, yurts and cabins located across the highway from El Capitan State Beach and its campground. It's also the perfect place to ease your friends or loved ones into the world of camping. We all have that special person in our life who we'...
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Camp at Lake Cachuma

    The campground here is extremely well developed and tightly run (for better or worse). The sites afford very little privacy: I recommend looking for the "Prime" campsites along the bluff, or choosing a weekday. If you can afford to spend a little extra, the park offers yurt rentals, which have th...
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  • Santa Barbara, California

    Lake Cachuma Campground

    2.48 mi / 154 ft gain
    Lake Cachuma Campground is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Goleta, California

    Camp at Refugio Campground

    4.0
    / 3 ft gain
    Refugio State Beach is a great location for fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Lucky beach-goers will spot sea otters, dolphins, seals, and whales. Both sides of the lagoon are perfect for exploring. Heading north will take you to a nice viewpoint with a picnic table above a surfing location. The R...
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  • Carpinteria, California

    Camp at Carpinteria State Beach

    3.7
    There are 2 campgrounds close to Rincón, but Carpinteria State Beach is a little bigger and easier to find a spot. There are 4 campgrounds: Santa Cruz, Anacapa, San Miguel and Santa Rosa. Most of them are RV sites, but if you stay at Santa Cruz Campground you can set your tent right at the beach,...
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  • Carpinteria, California

    Camp and Explore in Santa Cruz Campground

    5.0
    / 4 ft gain
    Santa Cruz Campground is nestled in Carpinteria State Beach, an easy drive from Santa Barbara, Ventura, or the greater LA area. Over a mile of beach front access allows for swimming, surfing, fishing, tide pool exploration, and picnicking.  There is an abundance of wildlife to see: seals, sea lio...
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  • Gaviota, California

    Camp at Gaviota State Park

    3.5
    About 30 miles north of Santa Barbara on the 101 is a small state beach in the 90 person town of Gaviota. Most people pass right on through to San Luis Obispo or don't even make it past Goleta, but this gem is worth checking out either for a day trip or to camp for the weekend.Since it is a state...
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  • Gaviota, California

    Beach to Wind Caves and Backcountry Trail

    5.53 mi / 1549 ft gain
    Beach to Wind Caves and Backcountry Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Goleta, California.
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  • Gaviota, California

    Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

    2.12 mi / 433 ft gain
    Gaviota Wind Caves Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Goleta, California.
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  • Gaviota, California

    Gaviota Peak Trail

    6.15 mi / 2480 ft gain
    Gaviota Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a hot springs located near Goleta, California.
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  • Los Olivos, California

    Dispersed Camp in Los Padres National Forest (near Davy Brown Campground)

    7 mi / 2000 ft gain
    I was looking for a last minute adventure out of LA and found this epic view.  Easy backpacking trip for one night, no permits needed, less than 3.5 hours from LA, and secluded.  Go to REI and pick up your adventure pass for your car. Plug into your GPS "Davy Brown Campground" in Los Olivos / Los...
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  • Los Olivos, California

    Manzana Creek and Eastern Hurricane Deck Loop

    24.39 mi / 4685 ft gain
    Manzana Creek and Eastern Hurricane Deck Loop is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Los Olivos, California.
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  • Los Olivos, California

    Nyra to Fish Camp

    5.43 mi / 630 ft gain
    Nyra to Fish Camp is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Santa Barbara, California.
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  • Los Olivos, California

    Manzanita Creek Trail to Dabney Cabin

    12.74 mi / 1207 ft gain
    Manzanita Creek Trail to Dabney Cabin is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Los Olivos, California.
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