Open Year-round
Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Gaviota Campground is a small camping area in the main area of Gaviota State Park along the California coast where the 101 highway begins to leave the coast and turn inland. 

While the campground seems to be the least scenic in the line of three camping areas along this stretch of coast -- El Capitan State Beach Campground and Refugio State Beach Campground being the two others -- Gaviota State Park Campground offers access to the widest variety of hiking trails and backcountry area of the three.

The campground is a single large lawn area with a loop road that wraps through it. Driveways are numbered and reservable in advance, and large enough to fit medium-sized RVs. There are no hook ups here. Two bathroom buildings and several water spigots serve the campground. 

The best sites seem to be the lower numbered spots, which are set amongst trees and shade, unlike the majority of the campground which remains exposed to the sun.

The park's day use and beach areas are immediately adjacent to the campground, allowing campers to walk across a parking lot to reach the beach and pier.

A large train trestle dominates the skyline toward the ocean, with the rare passing train adding something to the ambiance of the campground.

Hiker biker sites are available for $10 per person. Dogs are permitted on leash in the campground and day use area, however not on the beach.

Owing to its oceanfront location, Gaviota State Park Campground often fills up well ahead of time during the summer months. Those looking to stay during these months should familiarize themselves with the reservation system and plan on booking as early as the system allows.

The nearest food and amenities are in the town of Lompoc or a ways away on the 101. Campers should plan ahead.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)



Occasionally full

Parking Pass

Camping fee

Price per night (basic site)

45.00 $ (37.78 €)


Quick access to beach. Extensive hiking trails.


Little privacy when full. Frequently busy. Some highway noise.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Managed by

California State Parks


ADA accessible
Boat ramp(s)
Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Picnic tables
Potable water
Covered picnic areas



Total number of sites


Lodging type

Rental home

Maximum trailer length

30.00 ft (9.14 m)


Nearby Adventures

Santa Barbara + Sierra Madre/San Rafael Mountains, California
Santa Barbara + Sierra Madre/San Rafael Mountains, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Santa Barbara + Sierra Madre/San Rafael Mountains, California


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