Mono Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

[image] Mono Campground

Mono Campground has three campsites which are all "Walk-in" only sites. The walk from the parking lot to the campsites is approximately 300 yards.  The camp sites feature a meadow, shade, many large trees, next to river- water will be low in summer. The campground is usually full on weekends during deer hunting season, mid August through late September. The Mono Debris Dam is close to the campground. The Cold Springs Trailhead is located in the parking area and Little Caliente Hot Springs is 2 miles away. The last mile of Little Caliente Road is closed and a short 5 minute walk provides access to the Little Caliente Hot Springs.

The last 12 miles of driving to Mono Campground is on dirt roads. The last section of steep dirt road before Mono Campground becomes slippery during wet weather. Vehicles may have to wait for up to a week for this section to dry out, so not advisable to use this area of the forest during wet weather.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am
Reservations: None. First-come, first-serve only
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Adventure Pass ($5/day or $30/year), or Annual Interagency Pass, Senior Interagency Pass, or Interagency Access Pass.
Permit Info: Adventure Pass ($5/day or $30/year), or Annual Interagency Pass, Senior Interagency Pass, or Interagency Access Pass.
Best Season: spring, fall
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Must pack out garbage. No motor vehicles in walk-in sites or meadow.
Closest Towns: Santa Barbara
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Santa Barbara Ranger District Office
3505 Paradise Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 967-3481

General Information

Directions: (From Santa Barbara) Off Hwy 101, 8 miles N.W. on Hwy 154, 20 miles east on East Camino Cielo Road, 6 miles NW on 5N15, walk-in 200 yards to campground.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Hiking and mountain biking and bathing in Little Caliente Hot Springs.

Fire Information NO firewood available at campground.
For current fire restrictions, contact Santa Barbara Ranger District at (805) 967-3481 or visit
Reservation Info None. First-come, first-serve
No. of Sites 3


Toilets vault toilets
Picnic tables
Tent camping