The Los Padres National Forest is located in the west central part of California.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Los Padres National Forest!

     [image] Smokey Bear  - Los Prietos Ranger Station
















Smokey Bear at the Los Prietos Ranger Station, Santa Barbara Ranger District

Los Padres National Forest provides Southern California and the Bay Area with a variety of terrain, vegetation, and recreational settings. There are 1,257 miles of maintained trails which provide both day-use and extended backpacking opportunities. Much of the forest is unroaded and primitive and has 10 congressionally designated wildernesses comprising approximately 875,000 acres or about 48% of the forest. These include the Ventana, Silver Peak, Santa Lucia, Machesna, Garcia, San Rafael, Dick Smith, Sespe, Matilija and Chumash wildernesses.

More Information About The Los Padres National Forest

Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including designated Campfire Use sites CLICK HERE For more information

Recent News


Los Padres National Forest in the Santa Barbara Fiesta Parade!

[image] Santa Barbara Fiesta Parade 2014

Viva La Fiesta! Los Padres was in the Santa Barbara Fiesta Parade this year! Los Padres employees and family members along with several members of the Back Country Horsemen of California - Los Padres Unit rode in a wagon with Smokey Bear. Forest Supervisor Bob Baird and Santa Barbara District Ranger Pancho Smith walked alongside the wagon and greeted the crowds. Riders from the Back Country Horsemen’s organization also rode behind the wagon.

Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness!

[image] logo Wilderness 50th Anniversary

In 2014, our nation will celebrate "50 Years of Wilderness".

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain. To learn more about the Wilderness Act and the NWPS, visit, the official wilderness information website.

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Smokey Bear Celebrates 70th Birthday!

Smokey Bear

Happy Birthday Smokey! Smokey Bear turned 70 on August 9, 2014. Click Here for more information about Smokey.

Community Safety Saturday - September 6, 2014 Monterey, California

[image] Monterey Fire Crew will participate at Community Safety Saturday

Learn how to keep your family safe at this FREE
family event!
 Los Padres fire fighters and Smokey Bear will be there!