Montecito-Sequoia Family Camp

Outside the Bay Area
All Ages
Editors' Notes: 

Located in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, and inside the gates of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.  

Parent Q&A

  • Are there any recent reviews on the Montecito-Sequoia Lodge Family Camp or other recommendations for all-inclusive resorts with kids' clubs?  Our family spent a few days at Basin Harbor Club in Vermont with my parents and brother and his family this summer and my parents want to do something similar on the west coast next summer.  I'm coming up short on similar resorts and am wondering how "rustic" the Montecito-Sequoia Lodge is.  How are the new "luxury" cabins?  How is the food?  The city family camps are definitely too rustic for my parents.  We'll have kids ages 2-7 in our group and are looking for someplace that provides three meals per day and has some sort of kids' camp. 

    UCSB has something like family camp, with a kids' camp on-site, but you stay in the dorms which I assume are not rustic. It's expensive though!

    We love Montecito Sequoia Lodge. We haven't done the summer family camp as we go to the Berkeley Family Camp. But we go with friends to Montecito Sequoia Lodge for Winter Break or Presidents' Day weekend and we love it. The food is pretty good for a family camp. We have stayed in the lodge and the luxury cabins on different occasions. The luxury cabins are very nice and comfortable but we like staying closer to the action in the main dining room and game room when staying with friends with kids. 

    Fans of Montecito Sequoia

    Family Vacation Center at UCSB. The dorms are not rustic, and adult beds are transformed into 'kings' with foam padding and zip ties. The staff is amazing, you are steps from the beach and the pool is on site. If you decide to go, share my user name!

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Archived Q&A and Reviews

Jan 2003

Re: Grandparent-Friendly Family Camp
We've gone to Montecito-Sequoia Family Camp ( for several years, and this past year brought my 79-yr old mother along. She loved it. They have beautiful, easy hikes in Kings Canyon/Sequoia Park (the amazing redwoods), art classes, delicious and varied food, and a lovely setting. The kids were very busy with their own activities - waterskiing, horseback riding, art, fencing, archery, tennis, gymnastics - and there are entertaining events (bingo, casino, dances) in the evenings. They have a full staff of international counselors who are wildly enthusiastic. We've seen many, many multigenerational families there and I'd recommend it for every age group. It is definitely pricier than the city-run family camps but we found it well worth it because there is absolutely something for everyone at any given moment of the day. skito