A popular family park about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara, “El Cap” provides camping, picnicking, a bike trail and all the usual beach activities. Phone: (805) 968-1033.
There are eight accessible campsites that are primarily designed for tent camping. The restroom/shower building in the de Anza Loop is accessible. Other campground restroom and site improvements are pending. Group Camps Drake and Ortega are accessible including parking and restrooms buildings.
Accessible picnic sites are provided adjacent to the beach area.
The Nature Trail is a 0.6 mile trail that starts near the park entrance station and takes visitors on a hike through a riparian corridor with large scycamore and oak trees, and offers coastal views as well as an accessible day use picnic area. Accessible parking is provided near the park entrance station. Accessible restrooms are provided at the main day use parking lot.
Bluff-Top Bike Trail: Visitors to El Capitan State Beach can enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands from a bluff-top bike trail/walkway. Part of the trail has been closed because of coastal erosion so it is no longer possible to travel between El Capitan and Refugio State Beaches, but parts of the trail remain open. The trail has fairly level sections, and parts of it may be usable, and challenging, for strong wheelchair users. An accessible restroom is located in the day use parking lot.
Contact park staff at the entrance station or the Camp Host for beach wheelchair information.
The Campfire Center has been improved to provide accessible parking, routes, seating, and stage access.