Memorial Day & Summer in the Angeles National Forest

Release Date: May 23, 2023

Contact(s): Dana Dierkes, 626-698-8482 (cell)


Please #Recreate Responsibly

ARCADIA, Calif, May 22, 2023—Are you planning to visit the Angeles National Forest on the Memorial Day weekend or during the summer? Some areas you may have visited in the past may be closed for public safety for due to storm damage, to allow the land to heal after the Bobcat Fire (2020), and for other reasons. For example, Chilao Campground, Buckhorn Campground, Buckhorn Day-Use Area, and Chilao Visitor Center are currently closed. Here are tips for a fun, safe visit:

Know Before You Go!

As always, plan ahead before visiting your national forests:

  • To find out if facilities are open or closed:
  • Check in advance to see if any main roads are closed that might impede your travel through the forest. Most major roads in the Angeles National Forest are not managed by the Forest Service, but instead by Caltrans, Los Angeles County Public Works, and San Bernardino County Public Works—Angeles National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov).
  • The Forest Service manages nearly 900 miles of roads, some paved with others unpaved, in the Angeles National Forest. For closed roads:
  • San Gabriel Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Area will reopen starting Saturday, May 27, and will be open from Saturday – Monday on Memorial Day weekend. The site will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. this summer. All vehicles must exit the OHV area by 4:30 p.m. With the river still running higher than normal, only high clearance vehicles will be allowed to enter until further notice.
  • Existing temporary closures (forest orders) remain in place, including in the Bobcat Fire area (2020) and for Williamson Rock. More: Angeles National Forest - Home (usda.gov). A new forest order is expected on June 1 with updates about the Bobcat Fire closure area.
  • When parking, pay close attention to signs. Do not block roadways. If you have a tire on or beyond the fog line of the road surface, you may be ticketed and/or towed.
  • Do not park on dry grass. The hot undercarriage of your car can start a fire!
  • Pack it in, pack it out! Please bring trash bags with you to the forest. Be prepared to take your trash home with you, if needed. Do not add additional trash to already full cans or dumpsters, as staff can get injured moving them. Expect trash cans/dumpsters in the forest will fill up on this holiday weekend.
  • Be prepared in case you encounter rattlesnakes, ticks, and poison oak.  

Camping & Picnicking:

  • If a forest campground is not listed on recreation.gov and is open, the campground is first-come, first-served. First-come, first-served campgrounds cannot be reserved.
  • Wood and charcoal fires, as well as camping stoves powered by gas and pressurized liquid fuel, are allowed in Forest Service-provided campfire rings in campgrounds and in Forest Service-provided barbeques in picnic areas. A valid California Campfire Permit is required for the use of gas and pressurized liquid fuel stoves outside of developed campgrounds.
  • Campground quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m. Please be respectful of others.
  • Campground checkout is at 11:00 a.m.
  • Pay close attention to fire restrictions this summer. Different restrictions can impact your visit.
  • Do not leave your campfire unattended. Sparks can cause a fire.
  • Make sure your fire is dead out— Maintain Campfire | Smokey Bear.
  • Be bear aware for your safety and the safety of our bears!

‚ÄčOther Ways to Prevent Accidental Wildfires:

  • Smoking is allowed in enclosed vehicles, campgrounds, and picnic areas, or areas cleared 3-feet in diameter.
  • Spark arrestors are required on OHV vehicles, chainsaws, and other equipment.
  • Shooting of guns is only allowed in designated shooting areas, except for hunters during legal hunting seasons managed by California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
  • Only camp stoves powered by gas, petroleum jelly, and pressurized liquid fuel can be used outside of campgrounds or picnic areas. A valid California Campfire Permit is required.
  • Due to the alarming rise in illegal campfires associated with dispersed camping (camping outside of existing across national forests in California, visitors are encouraged to report any signs of dispersed campfires to the nearest Forest Service office, ranger station, visitor center, or information center. To report a fire or other emergency, call 911. 
  • Please review additional fire restrictions in English and in Spanish.

Need to report something? In an emergency, dial 911. To report non-emergency incidents, please email SM.FS.anflei@usda.gov to reach Forest Service law enforcement staff.

Have a fun and safe holiday! Thank you for helping us to protect the Angeles National Forest for years to come.  

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