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!

Aerial photo of Soberanes Fire

Aerial Photo of the Soberanes Fire pushing towards Big Sur, Monterey Ranger District, August 1, 2016

CLICK HERE for Information on the Soberanes Fire

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

Campfires are not allowed in the backcountry/wilderness -- Campfires are only allowed in campfire use sites -- Target shooting is prohibited forestwide -- Click for Current Fire Restrictions -- For Soberanes Fire Information CLICK HERE -- NO HUNTING WITHIN THE SOBERANES FIRE CLOSURE AREAS ON THE MONTEREY RANGER DISTRICT

Recent News


Santa Barbara Ranger District's Arroyo Burro Shooting Area Volunteer Clean-Up

Arroyo Burro Shooting Area Clean-Up Day June 25, 2016

On Saturday June 25th, 25 volunteers spent the day cleaning up the Arroyo Burro Shooting Area on East Camino Cielo, also known as the Glass Factory. With monies raised on Go-Fund-Me, the volunteers paid for three 40 yard roll-off dumpsters and a portapotty from Marborg (at a discounted rate). The Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Dept came through with the use of their tractor and operator for the day. A raffle at the end had more prizes than volunteers so every volunteer (including “tractor man” from the Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Dept.)  went home with a few prizes.  The shooting area now looks cleaner than it has looked for years. CLICK HERE for article

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

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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


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