Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan, Camping Santa Barbara Style!

THE premier campground on the beautiful California Central Coast. Located just 20 minutes north of downtown Santa Barbara, Ocean Mesa is surrounded by Los Padres National Forest above the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Visit the tide pools at near-by El Capitan State Beach, explore our 15 miles of hiking trails, enjoy a music-filled Saturday evening under the stars at El Capitan Canyon, or just relax and take in the magnificent ocean views of the Gaviota Coast.

Ocean Mesa offers the best of modern camping life including a heated pool and spa, laundry facilities, and convenience store. The Mesa is also wired for internet use and T.V. so you never have to feel too disconnected from life at home.

We have several activities and events throughout the year to make your stay that much more memorable and enjoyable! In addition to the activities here at Ocean Mesa, like the ocean view swimming pool, miles of hiking trails, a playground and game rentals, we also offer many of the amenities available at our neighboring sister site, El Capitan Canyon.

Over on the Canyon side of things, find details on the Concert Series and BBQ, complimentary beach cruiser bike rentals, guided hikes, and more. All available to Ocean Mesa guests!

Ocean Mesa Spa Treatment Massages: Our reception staff will guide you to the spa treatment that most suits you. Licensed professionals will leave you feeling pampered and relaxed! Imagine being this close to nature and feeling this close to absolute bliss.

Adventure Directory: Throughout the year, guests can explore the beach, hiking trails, bike paths or lounge by the heated swimming pool. Ocean kayaking, horseback riding, and surfing lessons can be arranged. Staff can plan a full array of day-trips from whale watching to wine tasting tours. There are also scheduled activities including yoga, storytelling, botanical hikes, biking and stargazing.

Hike El Capitan Canyon! The Bill Wallace Trail Access Program is a partnership of California State Parks, El Capitan Canyon, Friends of Channel Coast State Park, and Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. This initiative was developed to help promote public access to the 2500-acre El Capitan Canyon back country.

Canyon Concert Series. From May through September, every Saturday at 6 PM, El Capitan Canyon invites you to a star filled evening of Blues, Jazz and Bluegrass Music. Meet us at the creekside green, in front of the Canyon Market to enjoy a fireside organic fresh dinner.

Segway of Santa Barbara. Segway of Santa Barbara offers rentals, sales and tours on the Segway, the two wheeled self-balancing human transporter that goes where you lean. After a brief training renters can take a ride or tour on this amazing vehicle that seems to defy gravity. Battery powered, quiet and emission free the Segway HT is not only great alternative transportation, but a safe and fun recreational vehicle.

Santa Barbara Adventure Company. Santa Barbara Adventure Company is the premier adventure travel outfitter on the central coast. We’re committed to creating unforgettable adventures of the highest quality, focusing on the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and coastal waters. Our knowledgeable, safe, and friendly guides offer exceptional service and share with you a side of Santa Barbara few visitors ever get to experience: Guided Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing, Surfing, Sea Kayaking, Wine Country- Tours, Teambuilding, and Ropes Course Facilitation.

Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours: From off-road trails to lush valley vineyards, invigorating hikes to romantic sunsets and spectacular, mountain to ocean vistas – we offer memorable experiences and unique adventures for all ages. Custom jeeps, pick-up and drop-off at El Capitan Canyon, local driver/guides. Personalized individual, group or corporate events. Depart daily.

These are just a few of the adventures waiting for you at Ocean Mesa Campground.

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Camp-California is concerned about the health and safety of our campers and adventurers. While camping and outdoor activities do offer the ability to self-isolate, we are encouraging all California residents and travelers to shelter in place until further notice. We recognize that getting outdoors is what you do best, and we will be here to reacquaint you with nature once we're cleared for adventure again!


Most private parks are open with 14-day minimums. If you are a full-time RVer looking to shelter in place, a member of the traveling medical profession, or a utility worker looking for a park please call our office and we can connect you with an appropriate location.