Glamping at El Capitan Canyon: Santa Barbara’s Luxury Camping Experience

Cruise away from the hustle and bustle of city life and head for the captivating coastline of Santa Barbara. The Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains provide stunning backdrops for this glamping experience at El Capitan Canyon. Here’s what to expect when glamping at El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara.


Where is El Capitan Canyon?

El Capitan Canyon is located along the coast, 30 minutes outside of central Santa Barbara. It’s nestled in the rolling hills with the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains as its backdrops.


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What are the glamping options at El Capitan Canyon?

Guests can choose among cedar cabins, cozy yurts, and safari-styled tents. For traditional camping, visitors are also able to rent a space to put up their own tent equipment. No matter what accommodation you choose El Capitan Canyon offers delicious meal kits for cooking over the fire, s’mores kits, and firewood. Delivery available! Cabins range from one room to two-bedrooms with additional options such as lofts and bunkbeds. They all, however, feature gorgeous peak ceilings and are fully equipped with standard bathroom facilities, beds, heating, linen, and kitchenettes. The adventure yurts offer a more unique experience when glamping in Santa Barbara. These round wooden platforms feature canvas walls and an inner wooden lattice, plus a skylight for night-time stargazing. The yurts feature a queen-sized bed, a twin day bed with a trundle, as well as a small refrigerator, microwave, ceiling fan and space heater. Next door are toilets, private shower stalls and changing rooms. To top off the camping experience, each yurt has its own private grill and picnic table. Finally, the safari tents offer the most traditional form of camping. These large canvas tents have raised ceilings and are built on a simple wooden deck for added comfort. There’s bedside lighting, queen or two double beds, a storage trunk, and a space heater. Adjacent are restrooms, private showers, and changing rooms. Campers will have a cozy, private picnic set-up with a table, firepit, and grill.


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What is there to do at El Capitan Canyon?

There’s a little something for everyone at El Capitan Canyon. Whether you want to get into nature or relax with wine, glamping in Santa Barbara is full of options for every type of camper.


There are hiking trails like the popular Selma Rubin Trail that leads to the adorable llama and goat farm. This scenic trail will reveal beautiful spots along the coastline and superb mountain backdrops. You’ll eventually end up at the llama and goat farm, where you can feed the animals and enjoy more views over the Pacific Ocean.

Free bike rentals

The campground provides complimentary cruiser bikes, making it ideal to cruise around and soak up the beauty of this inviting natural area.

Swimming pool

There’s a relaxing heated swimming pool for all guests to enjoy during their stay. There’s also a playground next to it for children to run and play.

The Canyon Market

There’s hardly any reason to leave the campgrounds when you can fuel up with delicious food at the deli. Enjoy healthy, hearty breakfasts as well as lunch and dinner options such as handcrafted pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and soups. There’s also wine from local vineyards and a retail store featuring local items and reputable brands like Patagonia and YETI.

Wine tasting expeditions

Indulge in a wine tasting during your stay at El Capitan Canyon. Get picked up from your campsite and head off on a wine tasting expedition. Experience tasting a variety of tasty red, wine, and rosé California wines accompanied by a local vintner. Plus, the Canyon Market itself offers wines from the Santa Barbara County wine region as well as the surrounding Santa Rita Hills and Paso Robles wine regions for a variety of California grapes.

Spa & yoga

Take glamping to the next level with a soothing massage and spa experience at the Canyon Spa. Choose from a classic Swedish-style massage to hot stone or root to crown. Follow it up with a rejuvenating yoga class coordinated by a professional instructor.

Looking for weekends away in California? Take a trip to Joshua Tree and soak up the desert lifestyle.


Author :

Christa Adams is a writer, photographer, and sustainable traveler based in Barcelona. She's been traveling solo since 2014 has a passion for the outdoors, coffee culture, and exploring quaint European towns. Follow her adventures at



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