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Gaviota State Park is located on U.S. 101 in southern Santa Barbara County, California, about 30 miles west of the city of Santa Barbara. This area was first named Gaviota (the Spanish word for “seagull”) by soldiers who camped here in 1769 during the Portola Expedition. 

Spreading from the Pacific Coast to the Santa Ynez Mountains, Gaviota State Park is adjacent to Los Padres National Forest and offers sweeping vistas of the coast, Channel Islands and the Lompoc Valley from the summit of Gaviota Peak. Book an RV in Santa Barbara County and see for yourself why this beautiful region is a popular spot for both land and sea adventures.

Getting Outdoors 

You’ll want to pack everything from flip flops and hiking boots to swimsuits and surfboards in your motorhome rental because Gaviota State Park offers plenty of nature-bound activities to be experienced in nearly 3,000-acres that extend from the ocean to the mountains with an abundance of diverse habitats and wildlife to discover.

Whether you feel drawn to the coastal waters to chill on the beach or play in the waves, the park’s sandy cove is a perfect place to enjoy a seaside picnic, swim in the Pacific Ocean, or paddle out to one of the area’s well-loved surf spots. The beach is bordered by a wooden fishing pier equipped with an electric boat hoist launching facility which is also used by scuba divers and surfers launching out into the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. Gaviota State Park is uniquely marked by the tall Southern Pacific railroad trestle that stretches above the day-use parking lot and crosses Gaviota Creek, which flows intermittently through a marsh behind the park campground and connects to the ocean. 

Hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking enthusiasts will find Gaviota State Park has excellent trails to choose from within its boundaries or in the expanse of neighboring Los Padres National Forest; ranging from casual jaunts near the ocean to strenuous treks around oak woodlands and chaparral backcountry. A trailhead leading to the Gaviota Wind Caves is accessible right next to the State Park campground. Just a few miles away you can explore the wild and rugged upland portions of Gaviota Canyon and traverse the Tunnel View Trail, Gaviota Peak, and Gaviota Pass Overlook. Santa Barbara campers will definitely want to consider a trip to Gaviota Hot Springs, where there are several small, warm sulphur springs to soak in post-hike.

Camping at Gaviota State Park 

The park includes a beach campground which accommodates RVs up to 27 feet long. You’ll be able to reserve a site online or by calling up to six months in advance, which makes it easy to plan ahead for RV camping at Gaviota State Park. Most of the campground is open so be prepared for minimal shade and privacy, however, each site is only a short distance from the scenic beach and pier as well as the hiking trails and railroad trestle, so this is a fantastic spot to camp near the ocean and other local attractions.

Be aware there are no hookups or dump stations at Gaviota State Park, but the campground does include other basic amenities like fire pits with built-in grills, picnic tables, potable water spigots, and restrooms with showers. If you need to stock up on any last minute items when you’re camping with an RV here, the small Gaviota Beach Store is conveniently located just next to the campground. For those of you traveling with a furry companion just keep in mind that dogs are not allowed on the beach or park trails and must be kept on leashes in the campground and in your vehicle during quiet hours.

Exploring the Area

When you’re ready to continue your California road trip, take some time to cruise your Santa Barbara travel trailer around the various bits of history dotted all along the coastline. Drive through the concrete Gaviota Gorge Tunnel, which was constructed in the early 1950s and features interesting architectural details like a scoring pattern imitating masonry and boldly scaled arches. A great place to pull over, stretch your legs, and take some epic selfies along the way is at the Arroyo Hondo Vista Point, which is an easy turnout on Highway 101 with seven interpretive panels on display that cover the history of the Gaviota Coast.

Of course, no Gaviota State Park RV camping trip would be complete without a visit to Santa Barbara, which is located less than an hour away from the park. There are endless amounts of cultural attractions to enjoy in this spectacular Mediterranean-like setting. When hunger strikes, choose from many delightful dining options ranging from cafes to restaurants to wineries. After you’ve had a chance to wander the eclectic shops, museums, and venues fill up your tank at a local gas station and continue your drive along the coast either north towards the metropolis of San Francisco or south towards Los Angeles. There will be many charming seaside communities to encounter along the way for you to explore.

RV Rentals in Gaviota State Park, CA

Gaviota State Park, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Gaviota State Park. Outdoorsy's Gaviota State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Gaviota State Park, CA

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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Gaviota Wind Caves Trail Gaviota State Park, CA
Beach to Backcountry Trail Gaviota State Park, CA
Overlook Fire Road Gaviota State Park, CA
Gaviota Hot Springs and Trespass Trail Gaviota State Park, CA
Gaviota Peak Trail Gaviota State Park, CA
Tunnel View Loop Trail Gaviota State Park, CA
Arroyo Hondo Preserve Loop Goleta, CA
Nojoqui Falls County Park Trail Goleta, CA
Baron Ranch Trail Los Padres National Forest, CA
West Camino Cielo Goleta, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Jalama Beach Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Cachuma Lake Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
River Park Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park Santa Barbara County, CA
Coastal Dunes RV Park & Campground San Luis Obispo County, CA
Pismo Coast Village RV Resort San Luis Obispo County, CA
Holiday RV Park San Luis Obispo County, CA
Ventura Beach RV Resort Ventura County, CA
Avila / Pismo Beach KOA San Luis Obispo County, CA

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Recommendations for Gaviota State Park, CA from Outdoorsy Owners

Cachuma Lake

Beautiful camping area. There are tenting sites, huts, RV spots, a play area for the kids. Great customer service.

Aug 24, 2019
Jalama Beach County Park

Beach campground tucked away about 45 min from the 101 outside Lompoc. Great surf, beautiful beach, remote location and world famous Jalama burgers!! What more could you ask for? This place is a gem!

Jul 23, 2018
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground

Very fun place to camp with kids. Nice pool, hot tub and playground. There are also cabins for rent as well. This is one of our favorites. Make reservations far in advance!

Jul 16, 2018
Jalama Beach County Park

The incredible beach has the best burgers in the on-site restaurant.

Dec 9, 2017
Jalama Beach County Park

Oceanfront Access & Views. Beautiful little hidden gem in Lompoc CA. Beach, park, store & restaurant. Unbelievable Ocean Views...

Dec 9, 2017
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground

Really fun, great amenities, close to Solvang and wonderful vineyards.

May 24, 2017
100 El Capitan Terrace Ln

Great all-round, well rounded RV park to stay in. Bit pricey but good value.

Dog-friendly Ocean View Swimming Pool Onsite Laundry
Apr 7, 2017

Recent Outdoorsy trips to Gaviota State Park, CA


Shopped and dined in Solvang, visited Ostrich Farm and parked RV at Moro Bay Dune RV park.

Ocean View Family Friendly Most Beautiful Kid-friendly Scenic
Jan 3, 2020


Jan 2, 2020

Stayed at Flying Flags RV Resort with our wonderful friends who love camping and enjoying life together. Wine tasting and sightseeing in the are is fantastic. Beautiful part of California.

Has Coffee Snack Bar Glamping Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Family Friendly Sightseeing
Oct 20, 2019

Flying Flags!

Oct 12, 2019