Forest Service extends closure of most developed recreation sites in California through May 15

Contact(s): Anabele Cornejo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, announced that most developed recreation sites will remain closed through May 15.

The order does not close trails, trailheads, and general forest areas; these areas remain accessible for public use.  Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities are available from local National Forests. The Cleveland National Forest does have several trail, trailhead, and limited area closures that will remain closed through May 15, for a complete list see below.

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial to mental and physical health but must be practiced safely. In light of the statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the Governor of California, we continue to ask visitors to recreate locally. 

If you do plan on visiting the National Forest please be aware that:

  • No trash removal is currently offered – please pack out all trash and waste
  • All toilet facilities are currently closed – please plan accordingly
  • Avoid high-risk activities – law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited
  • If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location

Closing any site for any reason is not an action we take lightly, but protecting our visitors and employees remains our highest priority. We are working with our state and local partners to determine the best path forward to safely reopen closed sites.

We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our national forests safe and healthy for everyone’s use.

Trailheads (restroom facilities are closed)

Descanso Ranger District

Noble Canyon Trailhead

Pine Creek Trailhead

Four Corners Staging Area


Palomar Ranger District

Fry Creek Trailhead

Observatory Trailhead  



Descanso Ranger District

Burnt Rancheria Campground

Laguna Campground

Boulder Oaks Campground

Cibbets Flat Campground

Corral Canyon OHV Area:

                Corral Canyon Campground

                Bobcat Meadows Campground

Wooded Hill Group Campground

El Prado Group Campground

Horse Heaven Group Campground               


Palomar Ranger District

Dripping Springs Campground

Fry Creek Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Group Campground

Oak Grove Campground

Observatory Campground


Trabuco Ranger District

El Cariso Campground

Blue Jay Campground

Falcon Group Campground

Wildomar Campground


Picnic areas & scenic vistas

Descanso Ranger District

Desert View Picnic Area

Pioneer Mail Picnic Area


Palomar Ranger District

Crestline Picnic Area

Henshaw Scenic Vista 

Palomar Mtn Interpretive Station

San Luis Rey Picnic Area

Kica Mik Overlook


Trabuco Ranger District

El Cariso North Picnic Area

El Cariso South Picnic Area

Wildomar OHV Staging



Access points to trails and roads impacted include:

Descanso Ranger District

Agua Dulce Trailhead

Horsethief Trailhead

Kernan Cycle Trailhead

Bear Valley Trailhead with Forest Road No. 16S12, Forest Road No. 16S15 & Forest Trail No. 802

Wooded Hills Road - Forest Road No. 15S10


Palomar Ranger District

Dripping Springs Trailhead

San Diego River Gorge Trailhead     

Three Sisters Trail & Trailhead

Eagle Peak Trail

Cedar Creek Trail

Cedar Creek Spur


Trabuco Ranger District

Hot Springs Trailhead  

Maple Springs Trailhead

San Juan Loop Trailhead

Tenaja Trailhead


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