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This was our first dry camp experience and we enjoyed it but we prefer camping with full hookups... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
Apple Valley, California
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ElCapitan state beach camp

Pros, beatiful views and beach, take a bottle of baby oil for the tar pitch that gets on your feet... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 13 September 2014

We just tent camped at El Capitan 5 days. We used to camp here with the kids when they were younger about 10 years ago and loved it and hubby and I decided to come back after all the years on our own. The beach...More

14  Thank Janie C
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 August 2010

We just got back from our sixth trip to El Capitan. Everything the previous reviewers say is true. There's a lot of noise from the highway. The train rumbles through at night and wakes you up. There's naturally occurring tar on the beach that will...More

8  Thank Marla F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pros, beatiful views and beach, take a bottle of baby oil for the tar pitch that gets on your feet. It's naturally occurring from the ocean floor. Cons, not very RV or travel trailer friendly, no dump or water station , camp sites are very...More

2  Thank wibbo57
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not a populated beach when we were there. Beautiful. Beautiful views. Waves to skim board or body surf. You do have to pay $10/day per car as it is a state park, but worth it.

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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Beautiful view, but way too close to highway 101 and train tracks. Hearing the waves at night was nice but mostly we heard traffic on the 101 all night. I had to go into the car at 3am to grab a set of earplugs for...More

2  Thank moridanim
Reviewed 14 September 2018

I haven't camped near the beach since I was very young, and it is so hard to get reservations for beach camping in Southern California. Now that I'm retired, I was able to make a mid-week reservation for El Capitan in mid-September. The summer crowd...More

1  Thank mf-sandiego
Reviewed 11 August 2018

People love camping here because of the proximity to the beach, which is a definite plus, but the campground is RIGHT by the 101, and the noise from the freeway (and the trains, which run next to the 101 as well) are the opposite of...More

1  Thank emarienyc
Reviewed 8 August 2018

We have been going to El Cap for many years. It is always beautiful as the setting is stunning. People are nice and friendly and it's not too remote so there is cell service. The CA State Park system has faced many financial challenges and...More

2  Thank Kimmy0532
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

What is wrong with people?! This was the worst camping experience of my life! Ant infestation, filthy and I mean FILTHY showers and bathrooms, no toilet paper, campsites are on top of each other and right near train tracks and the freeway, hopefully you don't...More

5  Thank R A
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

I will give the beach a A-. The beach is nice, I was expecting large amounts of tar, but it’s just specs that get on the bottom of your feet. Baby oil takes it right off. But very nice beach. The campground gets s D+,...More

2  Thank greg02280
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

This was our first dry camp experience and we enjoyed it but we prefer camping with full hookups. Maybe we are a little spoiled. It was beautiful though.

1  Thank djgracia8184
Reviewed 28 May 2018

The beach was open and fun which we took a quick tour of and headed out for the longer hike along the beach. Unfortunately, part of the hike is blocked off or at least highly recommended against going on. Stupid or not, we walked around...More

2  Thank TrvlsEatsExplrs
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