El Capitan State Beach campground is a relatively large campground and has 142 single-family campsites located next to a spectacular beach on the central California coastline. Campsites can be reserved from April 1 through November 30. The rest of the year sites are first come, first served.
Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and motorhomes (up to 42 feet). Sites 124-132 are for RVs and trailers only. There are no hookups in the campground. ADA Campsites are 8, 9, 20, 26, 33, 38, 39, 40, 80, and 83. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grill. Quiet hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM. Three vehicles and 8 people maximum are allowed per campsite. However, your reservation fee will pay for one vehicle and one towed vehicle.
Five group camping areas are also available (Cabrillo, DeAnza, Drake, Portola and Ortega) and overlook the ocean. They can accommodate 40-60 people (tent camping). Paved parking (for autos and small RVs) is available at the group sites. There are also a few hike-in and bike-in campsites north of the group camping area. Overflow parking is available.
Facilities at the campground include flush toilets, drinking water, coin operated showers, a laundromat, a day use/picnic area and campfire center. Firewood is also available for sale from the campground host.
El Capitan campground has lots of shady areas with many oak and sycamore trees throughout the park. Some of the campsites also offer beautiful views from the cliff-top. There is also a sandy beach with tide pools and many hiking trails.
The coastline in this area boasts high cliffs, sandy beaches, rocky tide pools and lots of surf. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot majestic dolphins, elephant seals, and sea lions in the water! You also have a good chance of seeing some whales during their migration to/from Mexico.
Outdoor recreation includes swimming, surf-fishing, surfing, ocean kayaking, hiking, biking, sunbathing, beach combing, picnicking and wildlife viewing.
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