Gaviota State Park Campground

Santa Barbara County


Gaviota State Park


Gaviota State ParkCampground, CA

Gaviota State Park Campground

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Beach and Lake Attractions

Visitors to Southern California beaches find many great attractions along the coast. Visitors who camp at Gaviota State Park Campground are next to the ocean and not far from other fine beaches.

  • Experience excellent pier fishing off the Gaviota Pier.
  • Surf the point at El Capitan Beach, Mondos, or Rincon Point.
  • Hike along self-guided nature trail on El Capitan Point or the Bill Wallace Trail leading up El Capitan Creek.
  • Enjoy swimming, surfing, and fishing at Emma Wood State Beach.
  • Head out wildlife viewing along the Ventura River estuary.
  • Spend the afternoon kiteboarding at Leadbetter Beach.
  • Fish for monster bass at Lake Casitas.
  • Enjoy the calm waters of beautiful Cachuma Lake.
  • Take to the air hang gliding at Douglas Preserve near Arroyo Burro Beach.
  • View the Harbor Seals near Carpinteria Beach.
  • Watch some exciting and competitive beach volleyball at East Beach.
  • Kayak along the Santa Barbara coast.
  • Explore Channel Islands Harbor where you can rent a boat or take a cruise out to the Channel Islands.
  • Visit the Flight 261 Memorial Sundial at Hueneme Beach.

Key Gaviota State Park Campground Regulations

  1. Quiet Hours run from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  2. Generator operation hours are from 10 AM. to 8 PM, as needed.
  3. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under adult supervision at all times. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night.

Gaviota State Park Campground

Gaviota State Park Campground is located along the coast, off Highway 101, 33 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. The campsites at Gaviota State Park are a few hundred yards inland along Gaviota Creek and nearly under the shadow of an overhead railroad trestle. Visitors to the park and beach here enjoy fishing from the pier and sunning near the rolling waves. A boat hoist on the pier can be used to lower smallcraft into the ocean. The major drawback of the campground is the wind, which can ravage poorly anchored tents. RV and trailer campers don't seem to mind as much.

Gaviota State Park Campground has 38 campsites arranged a loop. Good campground amenities such as showers and a camp store are available.

Gaviota State Park Campground Basics
Gaviota State Park Campground Location: Highway 101, 33 miles northwest of Santa Barbara
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 38
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: Fees cover 1 vehicle and 1 legal tow, fee for additional vehicles
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (805) 968-1033

Reservations for Gaviota State Park Campground
Reservations available Reservations are available year-round up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 38 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: Peak season (March - November) - $45
Off-season - $35
Hike & Bike site $10
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Gaviota State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, Check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Gaviota State Park Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, store
Showers: Yes
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Gaviota State Park Campground Map
Attractions near Gaviota State Park Campground: Find a comfortable beach. Enjoy nice hiking trails through the park. Visit nearby Gaviota Hot Springs. Make use of the Boat Hoist for smallcraft. Enjoy the picnic area. Try surfing, fishing, kayaking, or diving. Head to the Beattie Park Disc Golf in Lompoc. Visit scenic Nojoqui Falls Park. Tour the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum. Head south to Lake Cachuma.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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