The Mt. Pinos Ranger District's Off-Highway Vehicle area offers over 200 miles of system trails and roads through beautiful scenery and challenging terrain. The riding area varies in elevation from 2000 feet near the junction of Fish Creek to 7800 feet on Frazier Mountain with trails ranging in degree of difficulty from novice to advanced. Vegetation varies from sagebrush and annual grasses to mixed conifer forests, primarily of pinyon and Jeffery pine.
The Nordhoff Ridge area area will remain open to public use only if everyone follows the simple rules. As the Forest Service has a limited budget, your help in maintaining this area in its pristine condition is important so that you can have an opportunity to visit it again. This road has controlled access through a locked gate with a limited number of permits available to maintain this experience. We have just doubled the number of permits available in response to public demand, but must ask for everyone's cooperation to ensure future public use of these areas.
The Santa Lucia Ranger District offers a diversity of outdoor opportunities. These lands are yours - to visit, to care for, but most of all, to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in America's Great Outdoors. TheSanta Lucia Ranger District offers a variety of recreational opportunities... hiking and backpacking, trail riding by horse, bicycle, off-highway vehicles, camping and picnicking, and fishing, and don't forget vibrant wildflower displays each spring especially in the Figueroa Recreation Area.
The Santa Lucia Ranger District offers 102 miles of system roads and trails traversing through beautiful scenery and challenging terrain.
Call the District office for the most up to date information. (805) 925-9538
The Pozo/ La Panza area is located on the north side of the District. This 18,867-acre area has approximately 43 miles of routes that vary from sandy washes to ridgeline routes including a section known to expert riders as the Stair Steps. It has a 300-foot drop-off within a few feet of the trail.
The Rockfront area is located in the center of the Ranger District. This 15,328- acre area provides 40 miles of 4x4 trails that vary from rock-covered canyons to ridgeline trails with outstanding visitas of the Cuyama Valley.
Another 16.7 miles of OHV trails and routes are located in the northern part of Santa Barbara County on Buckhorn Ridge. This network of trails provides many opportunities to make loops of varying difficulty. The Catway OHV route located on Figueroa Mountain is 2.5 miles in length.
Recreation passes and permits, like the Adventure Pass, are required for use of certain recreation sites and areas in the forest, and for certain facilities and services.
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The Pozo/La Panza area is located on the north side of the District. This 18,867-acre area has approximately 44.5 miles of routes that vary from sandy washes to a ridgeline route including a section known to expert riders as the Stair Steps. It has 300-foot drop-off within a few feet of the steps.
The Rock Front area is located in the center of the Ranger District. This 15,328-acre area provides 41 miles of 4x4 trails that vary from rock-covered canyons to ridgeline trails with outstanding vistas of the Cuyama Valley.