Propane and gas stoves in developed recreation sites only.Campfire Restrictions in Effect on National Forests Big Laguna Trail Gazing at Cuyapaipe Peak from Stevenson Peak By Alexander S. Kunz Pacific Crest Trail at Fosters Point Photo By Alexander S. Kunz Garnet Peak at the Transition Zone Photo By Alexander S. Kunz Laguna Mountains at Monument Peak Photo By Alexander S. Kunz Trabuco Winter Landscape Santiago's Peak and Hiker

Cleveland National Forest Partially Reopens on October 9th

The Cleveland National Forest partially reopened on Friday, October 9th, with some closures still in effect. Many campgrounds remained closed due to end of season operations or because they were within closed areas, but many developed campgrounds are available to campers. Dispersed camping will be prohibited until the end of the year and Emergency Fire Restrictions have been extended through December 31, 2020. 

The Emergency Fire Restrictions state that building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire or smoking on National Forest System lands is prohibited, but propane and gas stove use are permitted in developed recreation sites in National Forests in California.

A Note About Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit

Visiting National Forests

Please avoid visiting national forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.

Free Access Granted To Military Veterans and Gold Star

Beginning on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020, the Forest Service will offer a fee waiver granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to all Forest Service operated day-use standard amenity recreation fee sites such as trailheads, picnic sites, visitor centers and most other day-use recreation sites. Learn more about this free benefit 

Digital Passes For Adventure Pass Fee Sites Now Available

The Cleveland National Forest is now offering digital passes for recreation fee sites! Purchase a day use digital pass prior to your visit  at or onsite at one of our fee locations (cell coverage dependent).

Laguna Campground Update

The Laguna Campground Renovation Project is almost finished! To ensure public safety during the renovation project, and in order to accommodate high demand for camping, half of the campground will be open to campers during construction. The campground will open August 14 and all campsites will be reservable. Make your reservations now at  

Virtual Services 

This office has moved to virtual services. You can access our forest maps at If you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call 858-673-6180. 

Versión en Español

Esta oficina se ha cambiado a servicios virtuales. Ud. puede accedar los mapas de nuestros bosques en Si necesita atención inmediata o tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame al 858-673-6180.


Popular Recreation Activities

Hiking Camping OHV Riding Hunting Fishing

We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!


Holy Fire Closure Info

Holy Fire burn area

Holy Fire closure order, maps, and BAER reports. The burn area will be closed until October 2021.

Pacific Crest Trail

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Heres what you should know about hiking Section A (first 110 miles) of the Pacific Crest Trail through the Cleveland National Forest


The Goldspotted Oak Borer

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Find out how to recognize infected wood, how to stop the beetle spread, and what you can do to protect your Oaks

Focus on finding a national forest map.

Our Maps

National Forest Adventure Pass

Adventure Pass

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Do You Know Which Nature's Benefits Come from the Cleveland National Forest?



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