The Cleveland National Forest is located in the southwestern part of California.
Where is this Forest?



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On July 1st, 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed a declaration that created the Cleveland National Forest. Now, more than 100 years later, the Cleveland National Forest provides habitat for native wildlife, as well as a natural refuge and playground for many of the 3 million plus residents in the greater San Diego area. Read more about the history of the Cleveland National Forest how it was founded and evolved into the forest it is today! 

Silverado Fire Area Closure 

Cleveland National Forest lands in the Silverado Fire burned area vicinity will be subject to administrative closure until September 30, 2015.  The burned area is currently being reassessed.  If the watershed conditions continue to be a threat to public safety, the closure may be renewed as appropriate.  The purpose of the closure is to address resource protection, protection of public property, and health and safety concerns related to the ongoing watershed emergency.  The closure order, closure map and reports pertaining to the Silverado Fire Burned Area Emergency Response can now be viewed (PDF). 


First national study finds trees saving lives, reducing respiratory problems.

The first national study, "Tree and Forest Effects on Air Quality and Human Health in the United States", finds that trees are saving lives and reducing respiratory problems.  U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.  To read more about this study, please click here.

Recent News


Cedar Creek Falls Permit Area

Effective Friday, April 5, 2013, a visitor use permit is required to visit the Cedar Creek Falls Visitor Use Permit Area.

The Cleveland National Forest opened the west access to Cedar Creek Falls located in Ramona, CA off of the Thornbush Road.

The visitor permit has to be purchased ahead of time at

Orosco Ridge Target Shooting Area is closed

While the Orosco Ridge Shooting Area is closed, general recreation and hunting is not allowed. The Forest Service is maintaining the closure of the Orosco Ridge Recreational Target Shooting Area for an indefinite amount of time due to public safety concerns and the presence of hazardous materials.


Laguna Mountain Recreation Area

A meadow with split rail fence surrounded by pines.

In less than an hour from downtown San Diego you can find a forested spot brimming with a variety of recreational opportunities . . .

Explore the Stars Program - Star Parties

[Photo]: large telescope with some kids near it

An exciting amateur astronomy project occurs each summer and fall at Palomar Mountain's Observatory Campground on the Palomar Ranger of the Cleveland National Forest. 


Volunteers Make a Difference

[Photo]: Kids planting trees.

Volunteering on the Cleveland NF can be a rewarding and educational experience.  There is much you can do to help!

Help Stop the Spread of Goldspotted Oak Borer!

The side view of a black insect with orange spots.

Don't move oak firewood out of San Diego County!