Special Places

Outdoor sign of San Gabriel Mtns. National Monument

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Sign

The Angeles National Forest is a unique area nestled in the midst of an ever-changing and growing population in the Los Angeles area.   The Forest is one of the few remaining open space areas in Southern California.   The forest is an important part of the overall health and well being of the area population. It provides open space, solitude from the everyday stress of modern living, a place to conduct research, a haven for wildlife, and offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities.

The forest hosts visitors from around the world and provides a scenic backdrop for the larger Los Angeles population.   We invite you to visit the forest, become a volunteer, and join the Forest Service in preserving this wonderful area for future generations!

Wilderness Areas

The Wilderness Act of 1964 established a National Wilderness Preservation System intended to preserve the unique wild and scenic areas of America's public lands. The Act defined "Wilderness" as - "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." 

 "Wild" areas can be found within an hour's drive of downtown L.A. These are areas set aside by Congress to remain untouched - where people can experience the solitude of some of the nation's most beautiful country. 

"We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope."

-Wallace Stegner

Follow this link to Wilderness Guidelines and Leave No Trace Camping Information.

Highlighted Areas

Buckhorn Campground

At a Glance:

Buckhorn Campground can be the quick escape you need from LA. The campground is drenched in the fresh air with the smell of incense cedars surrounding visitors. Overnight, campers may spot seasonal constellations, planets, and the occasional shooting star. During the day, visitors can venture to nearby waterfalls or trails including the Burkhart Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Silver Moccasin. Buckhorn Campground has much to offer.

The tent-based campground has 38 well-spaced first-come-first-serve sites. Amenities include potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets. Please note that it is our most popular campground and therefore is at capacity most weekends during the summer.

  • 6,300-foot elevation.
  • 38 campsites, 3 accessible campsites.
  • The Burkhart Trail begins here and connects to a vast network of National Recreation Trails- including the High Desert NRT, the Pacific Crest NRT, and the Silver Moccasin NRT.
  • Maximum RV length 18 feet.
  • No reservations or holding of campsites. This campground is first come-first serve. Must occupy campsite the first 24 hours. $12/night. 

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