Road work on the Santa Barbara Ranger District will experience delays of up to 30 minutes on Paradise Road beginning May 26, 2015.
The delays will allow the road crews to safely conduct paving operations. A pilot car will be guiding local residents and visitors through the road construction when necessary. Residents and visitors should anticipate intermittant temporary delays May 26 through July and into August. The delays will take place during the weekdays only, weekends will have no operations.
Motorized travel to and from the Santa Barbara District office and nearby recreation sites will also be impacted. Residents and visitors are encouraged to call the Santa Barbara Ranger District at (805) 967-3481 with questions related to this project.
Santa Barbara Ranger District (805) 967-3481
CLICK HERE For information about access to Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs, Rock Camp, Middle Santa Ynez Campground, P-Bar Flat Campground and Mono Camp.
The Divide Peak Gate on Romero Camuesa Rd off of E. Camino Cielo is OPEN as of May 16, 2015. There is now vehicle access to all campgrounds and hot springs.
When rain is predicted, the Divide Peak Gate closes a day or two in advance of the storm and there will be no vehicle access to the campgrounds or hotsprings. Please contact the Santa Barbara Ranger District office or Supervisor's Office for temporary closure informaiton, SB District (805) 967-3481 X 0, Supervisor's Office (805) 968-6640 X 0
Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Level III fire restrictions went into effect May 6, 2015. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until this Forest Order expires.
Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for designated Campfire Use sites (car campgrounds that you drive to only), however persons with a valid CACampfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel when backcountry camping. CA Campfire Permits are available on the preventwildfireca.org website: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/
You must clear all flammable material for a distance of 10 feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when in use.
This area is in an extreme drought condition. Hikers and Backpackers are encouraged to bring extra water while traveling in the back country. Water may not be available at all of the locations it has been in the past. As always, we strongly recommend filtering or treating all ground water before consuming. CLICK HERE for more information.
In anticipation of inclement weather, the Arroyo Seco Indians Road will be closed at Memorial Park Campground and Piney Creek Road will be closed at the first gate.. This closure will be in place for the protection of the public and to reduce damage to these recently graded roads. This is a temporary closure; these roads will reopen as conditions permit. For more information, please contact the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434, or on-line at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/.
Conditions in the forest can change rapidly, sometimes on a daily basis. It is recommended that forest visitors contact the ranger station nearest to the area that they wish to visit, for the most current information. Monterey 831-385-5434, Santa Maria 805-925-9538, Santa Barbara 805-967-3481, Ojai 805-646-4348, Frazier Park 661-245-3731.