Rancho Oso Thousand Trails
3750 Paradise Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Mobile Voice and Data
Too remote to bother with if doing business: Verizon Internet card works poorly here, Hughes net provides internet at the adult lodge only, but most of the time is very slow and not use able.
Check legal RV limits for this highway – Riverside Santa Barbara county Legal RV Map
RV Restrictions for all California – know your length limits before you tread in California. In California your RV weight limit is 20,500 pounds on any one axle. National weight code for Motorhomes on the Interstates: U.S. Code, Title 23, Section 127 allows buses and motor homes a maximum single-axle weight of 24,000.
California Weigh Station or scales are for commercial vehicles and rental trucks, RV’s only have to stop if flagged down somehow.
Does California require I have a special license to drive an RV? Your state drivers license if it allows you to drive you RV is good in California for same type of RV use as permitted to you in your state. California drivers need an endorsement and meet medical requirements.
Winter time driving and chain requirement in California. – Please refer to this document in the section labeled RV’s they say they may require both out and inner duals to be chained together under some circumstances. Use the document in the link above to get all the details. Too complicated for my brain, as my CPU is out of date, and I am shy on memory.
California Tolls suck but they are the law, and this is how you deal with them if you are wealthy enough to California. Gees with all these fees, it’s no wonder every one is said to be on government assistance.
Everyone needs fuel – List of California Truck Stops – Note: Santa Barbara has the closest known truck stops to this park.
Points of Interest
- Santa Barbara beaches, 40 Minutes (Parking $12 to $20 a day)
- Dog Friendly Beach (Arroyo Burro Beach) 40- Min parking unknown
- Solvang Danish community, 40 Minutes Drive (Free Parking) (our favorite outing)
- Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, 40 Minutes (Parking $12 to $20 a day)
- Santa Barbara Mission, “Queen of the Missions,” 24 miles
- Santa Ynez Mission, Solvang, 40 Minutes (Free Parking)
- Santa Barbara Zoo, 1 hour
- Rancho Oso offers guided horse back rides. They charge about $35 PP per hour. (This is great for kids)
This is a rustic park in the Santa Barbara mountains. The main sites have sewer water and electric, are tight and offer little shade. These sites are on a terraced hill side and offer wonderful views of the mountains out the back of your rig. Come in early May, the hills come alive with vegetation.
The road coming in here, reminds me of just how brave Californians are. It is a one lane road that goes for about a mile with cliffs on one side. The ranger asks that all leaving rigs depart early in the morning to minimize the chances of meeting oncoming rigs who are a bit earlier than they should be. There are some stretches of road where two rigs cannot pass, so one or the other must backup to wider spot in the road. Please yield to Motor homes towing cars, they cannot backup while the car is attached. If coming to the park, come in the afternoon.
Make reservations before coming, when we arrived on a Tuesday there were only three sites for us to choose from. They did one nice thing, and placed the cabins and rental trailers in their own areas so we don’t have to camp in the midst of those. Hopefully they will eventually separate the personal sites out as well.
That being said, this is a nice secluded park with a lot to offer. Make reservations so you know there will be a site, come around one for best results with the traffic. The staff here have been wonderful. Max length rig, we don’t know, but during the time we were here we only saw one class “A” over 35′ not sure why, but the road in could play a part. We are at 32′ without the car attached, and plan to come again.
Great park, road in can cause one to soil his trousers, and maintaining contact with the outside world is something one should probably not plan to do. This is an awesome vacation destination where one really does get away from it all, but yet he is only 25 miles from the bustling city of Santa Barbara, Ca.