The Cleveland National Forest is located in the southwestern part of California.
Where is this Forest?





On July 1st, 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed a declaration that created the Cleveland National Forest. Now, more than 100 years later, the Cleveland National Forest provides habitat for native wildlife, as well as a natural refuge and playground for many of the 3 million plus residents in the greater San Diego area. Read more about the history of the Cleveland National Forest how it was founded and evolved into the forest it is today! 


Forest Service Offices will be closed on Labor Day

Forest Service offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014, in observance of the Labor Day holiday and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

First national study finds trees saving lives, reducing respiratory problems.

The first national study, "Tree and Forest Effects on Air Quality and Human Health in the United States", finds that trees are saving lives and reducing respiratory problems.  U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.  To read more about this study, please click here.

Southern California- 2014 Aerial Detection Survey Update

Every year, aerial surveys are done by the Forest Service to detect and map tree mortality and damage in California.  In 2014, about 2.7 million acres were surveyed in southern California, including the Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests. On the Cleveland National Forest, goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) was the primary agent of tree mortality, causing mortality on 2,600 acres. To see the  2014 Southern California Aerial Survey, please click here.  For reports for other surveys, please click here.

Maps for Mobile Devices

US Forest Service provides several types of publications and maps to the public.  The PDF Maps Mobile App, developed by Avenza Systems Inc., is available as a free download from iTunes and the Android Play Store.  Click here for more info.

California Forest Pest Conditions Report

The 2013 edition of the California Forest Pest Conditions Report is now available.  It covers forest health and pest issues impacting California’s forests, woodlands, and urban trees.  For a copy of the report, click here.

Star Party Dates for 2014 

An exciting amateur astronomy project occurs each spring, summer, and fall at Palomar Mountain's Observatory Campground. For more details, click here.


Cedar Creek Falls Permit Area

Effective Friday, April 5, 2013, a visitor use permit is required to visit the Cedar Creek Falls Visitor Use Permit Area.

The Cleveland National Forest opened the west access to Cedar Creek Falls located in Ramona, CA off of the Thornbush Road.

The visitor permit has to be purchased ahead of time at

Orosco Ridge Target Shooting Area is closed

While the Orosco Ridge Shooting Area is closed, general recreation and hunting is not allowed. The Forest Service is maintaining the closure of the Orosco Ridge Recreational Target Shooting Area for an indefinite amount of time due to public safety concerns and the presence of hazardous materials.


Laguna Mountain Recreation Area

A meadow with split rail fence surrounded by pines.

In less than an hour from downtown San Diego you can find a forested spot brimming with a variety of recreational opportunities . . .

Explore the Stars Program - Star Parties

[Photo]: large telescope with some kids near it

An exciting amateur astronomy project occurs each summer and fall at Palomar Mountain's Observatory Campground on the Palomar Ranger of the Cleveland National Forest. 


Volunteers Make a Difference

[Photo]: Kids planting trees.

Volunteering on the Cleveland NF can be a rewarding and educational experience.  There is much you can do to help!

Help Stop the Spread of Goldspotted Oak Borer!

The side view of a black insect with orange spots.

Don't move oak firewood out of San Diego County!