Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Level III fire restrictions went into effect June 14, 2016. Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for designated Campfire Use sites (developed car campgrounds) Campfires are NOT allowed in the backcoungtry; however persons with a valid CA Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel outside of designated Campfire Use Sites. California Campfire Permits are available for free at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/ .
Santa Lucia District Office at (805) 925-9538
The Rockfront Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area is temporarily closed due to concerns related to dead and dying hazardous trees that pose a safety risk to visitors. The temporary closure is effective immediately.
This temporary closure includes Baja, Buck Springs and Paradise campgrounds, Rockfront OHV Staging Area, as well as the following trails: Upper 35 Canyon, Paradise, Branch Creek, Big Rocks, Jack Springs, Twin Rocks, Shaw Ridge, Logan Ridge, and Los Machos. These areas will remain closed until the public safety risk is mitigated by cutting the hazardous trees.
OHV recreationists are encouraged to utilize the Pozo-La Panza OHV Area as an alternative during the Rockfront OHV Area temporary closure.
Members of the public are reminded that they should always call ahead to the district office for the latest conditions.
For more information, visit our website or call the Santa Lucia District Office at (805) 925-9538.
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Los Padres National Forest officials announced that West Cuesta Ridge Road (a.k.a. TV Tower Road) will be temporarily closed to motorized vehicles until road repairs are completed. Forest Order 15-12 is effective from November 1, 2015, through October 31, 2016, unless rescinded earlier upon completion of road repairs. CLICK HERE for more road closure information
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.