Welcome to the Los Padres National Forest!
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.
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Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including designated Campfire Use sites