Experience the natural beauty of this amazing setting in camp-like surroundings with superior resort comforts

Something for everyone isn’t just a saying at El Capitan Canyon—it’s their mantra. This spectacular southern California coast lodging with magnificent views of the Gaviota Coast, Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains provides a myriad of opportunities for activities, recreation and adventure.

Lodging guests have unique opportunities to commune with nature for exploration, entertainment and, of course, relaxation. Some activities are complimentary, while others carry a small fee. Additionally, our staff will gladly arrange off-site day trips with our local tour and adventure partners so you can experience all that Santa Barbara has to offer.

Santa Barbara Coastal Beach Camping - Throughout the seasons, guests can hike the canyon, explore the beach and surrounding areas on trails and bike paths or just relax and enjoy Santa Barbara coastal beach camping at its best. Or try your hand on our challenge ropes course with both low and high ropes, a great confidence building exercise.

Hike El Capitan Canyon - Register for docent-led hikes along the historic Bill Wallace Trail at 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 backcountry. After checking in at the Kiosk and parking, hikers meet at the El Capitan Canyon Market on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. Hikes will last three to four hours.

Beach Cruiser Bikes - Complimentary adult-size beach cruiser bikes are available for guests on a first come, first served basis.

Other Activities - Are you feeling adventurous? How about ocean kayaking, horseback riding, or taking surfing lessons? Or perhaps you’d like to spend the day whale watching or wine tasting. Whatever you’re in the mood for, many area businesses are available so that our guests may enjoy a taste of the California lifestyle!

Santa Barbara Adventure Company - Guided hiking, biking, rock climbing, surfing, sea kayaking, wine-country tours, ropes course facilitation and even teambuilding exercises—all yours to experience at the premier adventure travel outfitter on the central coast. Knowledgeable, safe, and friendly guides provide guests with unforgettable experiences that capture the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and coastal waters.

Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours - From off-road trails to lush valley vineyards, invigorating hikes to romantic sunsets and spectacular, mountain to ocean vistas memorable experiences and unique adventures await. Cloud climbers experienced drivers and guides will pick you off and drop you off rich at El Capitan Canyon.

Boat Charters & Whale Watching - Blue whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sunset cruises, day sails and so much more. See each company’s website for specific information. 

Sunset Kidd Sailing Charters: www.sunsetkidd.com

Santa Barbara Sailing Center: www.sbsail.com

Condor Express: www.condorcruises.com

Capt. Don’s: www.captdon.com

Kayak, Canoe, Outrigger & Water Sports  - Santa Barbara Adventure Company: www.sbadventureco.com  (also offering Wine Tasting, Horseback Riding, Hiking and Bicycling)

Glider Rides - Windhaven Glider Rides: www.gliderrides.com 

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