Bates Canyon Campground

Los Padres National Forest

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Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 805-925-9538 805-968-6640 Official Website

GPS: 34.9536, -119.9077

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Overview of Bates Canyon Campground

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Number of Sites 6

Pad Type dirt

Elevation 2,854 ft / 869 m

Tent Camping Yes

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5 reviews
“Quiet Campsite in the Mountains”

Reviewed 4/25/2016

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Overall Rating

We stayed here one night. Rolled in the day the Forest Service Fire Fighters were clearing brush in the campsite area. They said they ran off a bunch of harmless snakes and got rid of a couple of rattle snakes. We only stayed one night because the bugs were crazy and we couldn't be outside. We also had no cell signal, you have to go back down to the paved road before you pick up slamming fast Verizon LTE. We got enough service to send text messages, barely.

3 stars because the site is so amazingly beautiful. So lush.

Road up to site is paved until the last 2 miles, then pretty sketchy dirt road, but we did it in our 37' motorhome w toad.

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Arroyo Grande, CA
22' Northwood Mfg Nash 21-5R
Dodge 2500 extend cab long bed diesel
4 reviews

noted 10/9/2020

To add to what Juniperchica said in their review the last 2 miles is dirt but well maintained up to the last 1/4 mile were there are some ruts. We were just out scouting so we did not stay. There were no level areas

Arroyo Grande, CA
22' Northwood Mfg Nash 21-5R
Dodge 2500 extend cab long bed diesel
4 reviews

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