Area(s): Falls Day Use, Fremont Campground, Los Prietos Campground, Lower Oso Day Use, Paradise Campground, Santa Ynez River, Sage Hill Campground, Sandstone Day Use, Aliso, Nineteen Oaks, Upper Oso Campground
Date(s): Apr 11, 2014
Santa Barbara Ranger District at (805) 967-3481 X 0
Santa Barbara District Ranger Pancho Smith is cautioning horseback riders that high silt levels in the Santa Ynez River pose potential hazards to riders and their horses attempting to cross the river. Over the last two weeks, two horses became stuck in the river near the Lower Oso Day Use Area and required a technical rescue to extract them from the thick mud in the river.
“Due to the recent rainfall and sediment runoff, as well as the denuded hillsides burned in the White Fire last year, the Santa Ynez River has an historically high amount of silt that acts like quicksand in some areas,” Smith said. “Equestrians need to exercise caution when crossing the river. Riders should use the concrete crossing to avoid getting stuck mid-stream.”
Riders are encouraged to contact the Los Prietos Ranger Station for additional information at 967-3481 X 0.