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


Welcome to the Los Padres National Forest!

[image] Big Sur Coast - Monterey Ranger District













Wildflowers, Big Sur Coast, Monterey Ranger District 

Los Padres National Forest provides Southern California and the Bay Area with a variety of terrain, vegetation, and recreational settings. There are 1,257 miles of maintained trails which provide both day-use and extended backpacking opportunities. Much of the forest is unroaded and primitive and has 10 congressionally designated wildernesses comprising approximately 875,000 acres or about 48% of the forest. These include the Ventana, Silver Peak, Santa Lucia, Machesna, Garcia, San Rafael, Dick Smith, Sespe, Matilija and Chumash wildernesses.

More Information About The Los Padres National Forest

Level III Fire Restrictions are now in Effect -- Campfires are prohibited in the backcountry -- Target shooting is prohibited

Recent News


South Coast Karate Club Cleans Up the Santa Ynez River

[image] South Coast Karate Club Cleans up the Santa Ynez River

The South Coast Karate Club from schools throughout Santa Barbara County held their annual Santa Ynez River Cleanup last Saturday, May 14th. Every year Brian Jordan brings a group of karate students and their parents to the Santa Ynez River to pick up trash along the river and at the day use picnic sites. Brian not only teaches karate, he teaches his students the importance of giving back to the community. The yearly cleanup is one of many community events Brian has his students participate in every year. This year the karate kids and parents pulled 10 cubic feet of trash out of the river, including used diapers, a car tire, and many articles of clothes left by river users. 15 volunteers worked together to make the river banks and picnic sites free of trash and debris and were rewarded with a BBQ lunch. We look forward to their return next year. CLICK HERE for full article and photos 

Los Padres Forest Solicits Campground Concessionaire

[image] Kirk Creek Campground

Los Padres National Forest officials announced the solicitation of proposals for concession campground and recreation site Special Use Permits (SUP) to provide high-quality public service in the operation and maintenance of government-owned recreation facilities located on the Forest. CLICK HERE for prospectus documents and application information.

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Thank You Volunteers for helping with the Spring Lizard's Mouth trash Clean-up

[image]  Lizard's Mouth Trash Clean-up

The Santa Barbara Ranger District’s spring Lizard’s Mouth Rocks Clean-up was held on April 23, 2016.  CLICK HERE for article

Forest Recreation Information Brochures and Publications

[image} Kirk Creek Campground - Monterrey Ranger District

Information on recreational opportunities on the Los Padres National Forest. CLICK HERE for brochures


Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center 2016 Summer Program Schedule

[image] Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center

Visit the Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center this summer and discover more about the Los Padres National Forest!: CLICK HERE For schedule

Engaging Empolyees on the Los Padres National Forest - Climate Change

[image] Kevin Cooper, Wildlife Biologist

Employee education and engagement has the power to promote climate change preparedness and sustainable business operations. CLICK HERE for full article