Eclectic, art-centric Ojai is ground central for some of California's best outdoor adventures.
The 100%-renewable-energy City of Ojai is also the first AGZA Green Zone City in Ventura County. This conversion to zero-emission landscape maintenance equipment means better air quality when you stay at Camp Comfort. It’s just 1 mile from small, sleepy downtown Ojai and easy to miss. Pass the day use area, and find small, budget-friendly campsites and clean restrooms. Head 8 miles north, and you land at Wheeler Gorge Campground. It’s nestled in the southern end of the Los Padres National Forest where the Matilija Creek flows. Let the massive old-growth oaks and sycamore shade your tent, RV, or trailer. Half of the 67 family campsites are first-come, first-served. BYO drinking water and firewood. The Lake Casitas Recreation Area is a sparkling gem about 7 miles west of Ojai. Also in the Los Padres National Forest, the lake is surrounded by over 400 beautiful campsites. Some are on the water’s edge, others tucked into the trees or set on hillsides with views. During summer, check out the Casitas Water Adventure’s two playgrounds. Ojai is a short 45-minute drive from idyllic Santa Barbara. When you’re this close to paradise on the Pacific Ocean, you’re obligated. Stroll the beach pier, and then hit up the Santa Barbara Mission and the County Courthouse. The Spanish architecture, lush landscapes, and courthouse murals and viewing tower are heavenly.