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


Passes & Permits

[Photograph]: Person riding horseback though a meadow.

The Los Padres National Forest offers many activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, camping, birding, using cabins, driving for pleasure, harvesting mushrooms, and gathering firewood. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. Some do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities that you enjoy.

National Passes

There are several pass options to consider. To make the best choice on which pass to purchase, you should think about your recreation plans for the next year. National passes cover entrance fees found a federal recreation areas such as National Parks and wildlife refuges. They also cover the use of facilities and services at many day use sites on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

If you plan to recreate in many different spots across the nation, an Interagency Annual Pass may be your best value. You may also qualify for one of the Interagency Lifetime Passes, such as the Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass or Interagency Annual Military Pass.

Interagency Passes are honored at Forest Service sites charging fees for use of many developed day use recreation sites; which may include picnic sites, low developed boat ramps, and trailheads. Interagency Passes may also provide discounts for camping at Forest Service operated campgrounds.

Adventure Passes

The Adventure Pass is a pass to use designated sites and areas of the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino National Forests. Visitors to these four forests will be required to display the Pass in their vehicles when using the Forest for recreation purpose. The Adventure Pass is not a national pass like the America the Beautiful Interagency Passes. It is a local regional pass, required only on the four forests listed above. America the Beautiful Interagency Passes are also accepted at all locations where the Adventure Pass is required. 

Recreation Residences

Recreation residences are valid use of National Forest System lands and an important component of the overall National Forest recreation program. These residences are under special use permits. Cabins must be used at least 15 days a year, but cannot be occupied as a principle residence.

Direction and Guidance for recreation residences in the Pacific Southwest Region.

Cabin Users Fee Fairness Act of 2000 (CUFFA) was enacted to develop and implement a more consistent procedure for determining cabin user fees.