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!

[Figueroa Mountain Wildflower March 2016]













Figueroa Mountain wildflowers, Santa Lucia 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.

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Recent News


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

[image]  Lizard's Mouth Trash Clean-up

A Big Thanks to Volunteers and Firefighters! 

The Santa Barbara Ranger District’s annual spring Lizard’s Mouth Rocks Clean-up was held on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Approximately 40 volunteers along with the help of Firefighters from Forest Service Engine 41 and Shawn Brandow, Patrol 41, collected over 50 bags of trash and recycling. Approximately half of the collected trash was separated and sent to recycling. Volunteers enjoyed a hotdog lunch and won prizes donated by Real Cheap Sports. Many families participated in the spring clean-up this year. Parents commented that the clean-up was a great opportunity to teach kids about cleaning up the forest and having fun doing it. The next Lizard’s Mouth Fall Cleanup will be held in November, 2016. 

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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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April 2016 Figueroa Mountain Wildflower Report

[image] Figueroa Mountain - Lupines

Figueroa Mountain Wildflower Update - Second Update of the 2016 Season

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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