EL CAPITAN BEACH STATE PARK
El Capitan State Beach offers visitors a sandy beach, rocky tidepools, and stands of sycamore and oaks along El Capitan Creek. It?s a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking and camping. A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the beach area.
Located in Southern California, the park was established in 1953. It spans over 2,600 acres of oak and sycamore woodland.
The Chumash people originally inhabited this area for thousands of years before European explorers arrived.
Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered it during his voyage along the Pacific coast in 1542.
In Spanish colonial times, it became part of a Mexican land grant named "Rancho El Capitan" given to Captain Jose Francisco Ortega around 1840s.
After changing hands several times throughout history due its rich resources like oil reserves; finally becoming public property by mid-20th century.
Today known as an outdoor haven offering camping facilities and hiking trails with stunning views overlooking Channel Islands National Park and Santa Barbara coastline.
- El Capitan State Beach Campground: Offers 142 family campsites for tents, trailers and motorhomes.
- Group Camping Area: Accommodates up to 100 people with picnic tables, fire rings and restrooms.
- Hike or Bike Campsites: For those who prefer a more rugged camping experience away from the main campground area.
- RV Sites with Hookups: Available on select sites at the state beach park's campgrounds.