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Into the WILD
Coastal campgrounds—including EL CAPITAN CANYON , 805-685-3887, elcapitancanyon.com, Santa Barbara’s original glamping destination—fill up fast come summertime, leading to explorations deeper inland. In the Santa Ynez Valley, you’ll find hundreds of well-maintained sites at LAKE CACHUMA RECREATION AREA , 805-568-2460, countyofsb.org/parks/cachuma .sbc, which features fishing, disc golf, a big swimming pool, and the activity-packed Neal Taylor Nature Center. Horseback riders prefer to base camp at RANCHO OSO RV & CAMPING RESORT , 805-683-5686, tucked away along the Santa Ynez River and outfitted with family attractions— from horseshoe pits to covered-wagon accommodations. Another comfy option, great for campouts and special occasions at home: Airstream and tent-glamping accommodations delivered and set up by Santa Barbara-based TRAILER19 , trailer19.com. Right off Highway 101 in Buellton, FLYING FLAGS RV RESORT & CAMPGROUND , 805-688-3716, highwaywestvacations.com/ properties/flyingflags, runs a tight operation with immaculate grounds, several pools, tri-tip cookouts, and—according to its steadily updated Facebook page—a free glass of wine every Thursday night at the newly renovated Sideways Lounge. Cheers to that. K . H .
Neighborhood OutdoorsWATCH Top to bottom: RANCHO OSO RV & CAMPING RESORT ; a safari tent at FLYING FLAGS RV RESORT & CAMPGROUND .
Outdoor digs from CAMP’D OUT .
Santa Barbara’s cherished hiking trails took a major hit this past winter, as wildfire, rainstorms, and deadly debris flows reshaped the landscape. Fortunately, our region is filled with folk who care deeply about the nature experiences found along these mountain footpaths. Since late spring, crews of volunteers have been rebuilding trails buried by landslides and washed out by floods. For workday opportunities close to town, check in with the MONTECITO TRAILS FOUNDATION . In the backcountry, LOS PADRES FOREST ASSOCIATION (LPFA) is always looking to put more boots on the ground. “People who love to serve the community with hands-on projects would enjoy the volunteer experience with LPFA,” says Santa Barbara native and avid backpacker Richie DeMaria. “Plus, word on the trail is that the lunch offered is among the best of any forest group in California.” K . H . L PF O RE S T.O R G M O N TE C I TO TR A I L S F O UN D ATI O N .I N F O
Did You Know? If you’d prefer that the glamping come to you, check CAMP’D OUT , campdouttents.com, for curated pop-up spaces for your next get-together or event. K . H .
Special Issue 2018