Trabuco Ranger District

District Ranger

Darrell Vance



Dispersed Camping?

Yes, only in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, permit required

Hidden Gem

Santiago Peak

Fun Fact

Trabuco was an initial settlement for early pioneers in 1800's and served as the birthplace of the Cleveland National Forest


1147 East Sixth Street. Corona CA 92879

District Email

Hours of Operation

8:00am to 4:30pm - Monday through Friday.


Much of early Orange County was framed by events occurring on or around the Trabuco Canyon area. Established in 1893, Trabuco Canyon was one of the earliest and smallest reserves, covering a mere 50,000 acres through the Santa Ana Mountain range. Unknowingly, (at the time) this would become the first designated area of the Cleveland National Forest. Early settlers of the Santa Ana Mountains found success in beekeeping and woodcutting operations but were forced into new areas of residency through Orange and San Diego counties as resources diminished and government claimed much of the lands.

Today, the Trabuco area covers approximately 138,971 acres through Orange and Riverside counties and offers a multitude of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and remote camping for those seeking an alternative to developed campgrounds. The center most Trabuco attribute is the Santa Ana mountains, which boasts the highest point in Orange County - Santiago Peak at 5,700 ft elevation - and great glimpses of the city, the Pacific Ocean, Riverside county, and on a clear day Catalina Island.

An extended closure has been implemented for the Holy Fire burned area and will be in effect until October 2022. 

Forest Order No. 02-21-15     Map