We stayed here for a 4th of July weekend and we were apparently fortunate to get a spot due to a cancellation. The address on the site says "Santa Barbara," but it's actualy about 20 minutes North of SB, and even further North in Goleta. It is in fairly secluded area uphill from highway 101. We had upper level sites by the hill. Ocean was barely visible from our site. Good. It's clean, well maintained with nice bathrooms, showers, pool, hot tub, etc. On uppper level sites, there are trees and hedges to make them more private. Bad. It's rather expensive. Not very close to water. I think it's about 15 minute walk to El Capital state park, which charges $10 if you drive down. Sites on the lower levels are not very private and road noise from 101 is pretty noticeable. Overall, we enjoyed our stay, but would like to get the sites on the upper level facing the ocean or corner lots. The problem is that there are so many people that make reservations a YEAR in advance and cancel later because the cancellation policy is quite lenient. Upper level lots for NEXT years' 4th of July is booked up partly because ONE person reserved 10 spots. That shouldn't be allowed.
I booked this place exactly 6 months ahead, as soon as the booking became available at 8am. It filled up like crazy and I was only able to get 2 nights although I was hoping for 3. It's insane. But when I got here, I was not that impressed. It's state ran, not exactly clean, with lots of weeds, dirty bathrooms, somewhat trashy. Yes, it's right infront of the ocean/beach which is good, but it's not the cleanest beach I've been to. You get a fair amount of sand in your RV no matter what you do because it's so close to the beach. There are a lot of pedestrians that walk right in front of the beach/RV so there isn't much privacy. I was not impressed and I will not make that kind of effort to reserve a spot MONTHS in advance for this mediocre park.
If you stay here, you MUST book the waterfront site. The view is just spectacular. It's conveniently located by highway 1, and what makes this place great is that you are a few feet away from the ocean/cliff. My only concern is that part of the asphalt by the cliff dropped into the ocean and a big crack appeared a few feet away from our RV. As the cliff is eroding, there is not much you can do about this, but while it lasts: the view is spectacular. Loved it.
We stayed here two nights because the national park sites were all booked up, and glad that we stayed here instead. This place is in the Furnace Creek Ranch, and is toward the back of the camp among full timers and employee RV sites just by the fence. It's not in wide open spaces as you might expect in this huge national park, but not too tight for California standards. Full hookups made it all worth it, since the temperature was up to 101 even in April. There are restaurants and stores within a short walking distance, as well as a nice pool with warmed spring water, very nice for kids/family, as well as a stable and golf course. We saw other RV parks further up the road as well as at Stovepipe Springs: they were just parking lots with no shade. Glad we stayed here.