Jalama Beach, a Santa
Barbara County campground, is about a 60 mile drive north of Santa Barbara
itself. It's not well known, and it's hard to get to, but well worth it.
Go north on 101 past where the highway turns inland, through the tunnel, and get
off on Highway 1 [sign says to: Lompoc]. Take the Lompoc road 14 miles to
the turnoff [left] to Jalama Beach. Another 14 miles on this small,
winding road takes you out to the coast & Jalama Beach. This road only
goes to the campground, there's nothing else out there.
Jalama Beach campground has about 100 camp
spots, including some for full hookups. It's first come - first serve, so
forget it during the summer. Fall, winter & spring there's no problem, and
it's the best time of the year anyway! There's a small store and "cafe",
clean restrooms and showers [25 cents / minute]. Cost is $18 per
night [$16 if you're an old fart] and the Santa Barbara County people take
really good care of this campground, MUCH better than the Sate Campgrounds!
I come up here at least 6 times a year, relaxing,
reading, hiking, contemplating my navel, listening to music [Doors & Roger
Waters], gin & tonics and sleeping!
Sunset on the 20th, fog bank about
10 miles Looking up the coast from
out prevented seeing the sun sink
into the the
ranch that I hiked to is about 3 1/2 miles
Looking down the coast towards the
surf spot Looking back down the coast at Point
called "Tarantula", waves here at 15'
- 18' high Conception which is about 10 miles
And north up the coast towards
The original ranch house from the 1920's
Argullelo, all this is part of
and is still in pretty good condition, due
Air Force Base and "closed" to the
the lack of access for vandalism.
public [to hell with signs!]
One of several barns on the ranch,
Flowering cactus behind one of the
numerous stock corrals and pens.
Another view of the ranch
house. This was
about 7 miles roundtrip hike, some
the beach [until the tide came up]
rest along the plateaus and the Union
While the ranch is abandoned, and there's no "keep out"
signs, it's so hard to get to it's a great place to explore and to think about
how awesome it would be to live here.