Where to Camp in Santa Barbara

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I’m off to explore Santa Barbara tomorrow. I’ll be horse camping with the dogs (and the horses, of course) and will be taking lots of photos of all our adventures to share with you. Not quite sure about the Internet connection at the campsite, so I don’t know how often I’ll be able to post.

2013-09-19 20.11.36My favorite tree at the ranch. I always ride past it and say hello.

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This is a great alternative to the pricey accommodations in Santa Barbara. If you have a horse and dogs, you can’t beat going on vacation with both. But there are also cabins for rent, and covered wagons, too! How cool is that? Great for kids. They have yearly memberships through Thousand Trails at special rates right now that allow you to camp for 30 days, free. Three dollars after that. Yes, I know, you have to be willing to camp all that time to get your money’s worth ($500), but that’s not so hard is it?  And, no, I don’t work for them. I just like to share a good deal when I see one. Oh, and you don’t have to be a member to stay there, either.And did I mention that there is a pool, as well, for those who would rather relax poolside with a good read…

2013-09-20 11.35.50From the hay barn looking towards the mountains. Made it to beautiful Santa Barbara and camping with the dogs and horses…it’s so beautiful here.The local cafe, just down the road from the campgrounds, has Internet, so I’m able to share a quick photo with you. A view from our campsite, taken in the late afternoon, and the tent all made up for our first night. A long trail ride is in order for the rest of the day, followed by a trip to the dog beach.

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There are more photos to come, of the trails and such, but for now, here is a little Instagram glimpse into the ranch.

2013-09-20 11.39.12A view of one of the campsites.

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As you can see, the trails are beautiful and keep us coming back.

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We had two glorious weeks camping at Ranch Oso Guest Ranch in Santa Barbara. We spent our days riding horses on beautiful trails, swimming in the pool, watching working cattle dog demonstrations, eating barbecue, and even found a swimming hole for the dogs. In the late afternoons, we drove into Santa Barbara and had dinner after taking the dogs to the dog beach.
This is a great alternative to the pricey accommodations in Santa Barbara. If you have a horse and dogs, you can’t beat going on vacation with both. But there are also cabins for rent, and covered wagons, too! How cool is that? Great for kids. They have yearly memberships through Thousand Trails at special rates right now that allow you to camp for 30 days, free. Three dollars after that. Yes, I know, you have to be willing to camp all that time to get your money’s worth ($500), but that’s not so hard is it?  And, no, I don’t work for them. I just like to share a good deal when I see one. Oh, and you don’t have to be a member to stay there, either.And did I mention that there is a pool, as well, for those who would rather relax poolside with a good read…

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Hope your summer has gotten off to a great start!

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Hi! I'm Nuvea. I live in Southern California with my husband, three horses, four dogs and one cat, but can frequently be found restoring our tiny stone cottage and olive grove in Portugal.

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