Santa Lucia Ranger District

Lupines on Figueroa Mountain March 2019

 Updated: June 1,  2020

Know Before You Go!

  • Contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District office for current conditions:  (805) 448-6487, Monday through Friday 8-430. The office is temporarily closed to walk-in visitation, but you can call for information.
  • Check weather conditions before you head out into the forest. Locations: Santa Maria/Santa Ynez Valley/San Luis Obispo/Pozo/Astascadero The National Weather Service

Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area

Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area is open for hiking and viewing wildflowers. All trails are open. Figueroa Mountain Rd is open down to Cachuma Saddle. The campground reopened June 2, 2020. The road up to Pino Alto Picnic Area and the Lookout are closed. 

Restrictions/Forest Orders

Open Campgrounds

Concession-managed campgrounds reopened June 2, 2020

  • Cerro Alto
  • Davy Brown
  • Figueroa
  • La Panza (delayed reopening - call ranger distrit office for more information)
  • Navajo Flat Campground (delayed reopening - call ranger district office for more information)
  • Nira
  • Turkey Flat Campground

Forest Order 05-07-00-20-09 Developed Recreation Sites

Developed Recreation Sites (Campgrounds managed by the Forest Service) temporarily closed through June 19, 2020

Campground Closures

  • Baja
  • Bates
  • Brookshire
  • Buck Springs
  • Colson Canyon
  • Friis
  • Hi Mountain
  • Horseshoe Springs
  • Miranada Pine (Sierra Madre Rd)

Pozo/La Panza OHV trails/roads

Pozo OHV trails are open

  • Hi Mountain Road is open. The Hi Mountain Campground is closed through June 19, 2020. The Hi Mountain Lookout Rd (30S11) is open. 
  • Pozo OHV Area: gates at Forest Roads 29S02 Navajo Rd and OHV Trails 16E21, and 16E22,15E07, 16E24,15E05,16E08,16E09, 16E23,15E11, 18E05,16E02, 16E04. Redhill Rd is open. The restrooms at Navajo Flat are closed. There is a portable toilet at Turkey Flat. There is no trash pick up, so please pack all of your trash out. Thank you!

Pozo/La Panza Area campground closures

Hi Mountain Campground and Friis Campground are closed through June 19, 2020. La Panza Campground and Navajo Flat Cammpground will reopen soon. Contact the ranger district office for opening dates. Camping is allowed at Turkey Flat Campground.

Rock Front Ranch OHV Area

Open effective May 23, 2020

  • Rock front Area at Forest Road 30S02: Baja, Buck Springs and Paradise campgrounds, Rockfront OHV Staging Area, as well as the following trails: Upper 35 Canyon, Paradise, Branch Creek, Big Rocks, Jack Springs, Twin Rocks, Shaw Ridge, Logan Ridge, and Los Machos. 
  • Campgrounds closed through June 19, 2020:  Bucks Springs, Baja, Paradise

Open Roads

  • Sierra Madre Rd - Forest Road 32S13.1
  • Miranda Pine Road to Brookshire and Horsehoe Campgrounds
  • Hi Mountain Rd - Arroyo Grande - Pozo Road (Forest Road No. 30S05)
  • Hi Mountain Lookout Rd
  • Bates Road to Sierra Madre Rd
  • Colson Canyon to Colson Campground
  • Figueroa Mountain Rd down to Cachuma Saddle
  • Happy Canyon Road to Sunset Valley Rd
  • Sierra Madre Rd
  • Sunset Valley Road to Davy Brown Campground, Nira Campground and trailhead
  • Zaca Ridge Road​/Catway  - Forest Road 8N02

Temporary Closed Roads Figueroa Mountain

  • Catway Jeepway Trail (Figueroa Mountain area)
  • East Pinery

La Brea Area road and trail closures 

La Brea/Colson area past the Colson Campground (Forest Road 11N04).

Pino Alto Picnic Area and Lookout Day Use Area closure

Day use picnic sities, Forest Route 8N16 (Lookout Rd) and 8N32 ( East Pinery Rd) in the Figueroa Recreation Area will be temporarily closed begining August 19, 2018 through August 20, 2019 due to concerns related to dead and dying hazardous trees that pose a safety risk to visitors. Forest Closure Order and Map 05-07-53-18-06

This temporary closure includes Pino Alto Day Use Area, Figuerora Lookout, Cumbre Day Use Area and Forest Service Road 8N16 (Lookout Road). These areas will remain closed until the public safety risk is mitigated by cutting the hazardous trees.

La Brea Area campground closures

  • La Brea Area: Barrel Springs, Wagon Flat
  • Buckhorn Ridge OHV Area - Bear Canyon Campground

Buckhorn Ridge OHV Area Rd and OHV riding Area/trail closures

  • Buckhorn Ridge OHV Area  (Buckhorn Ridge, Horshoe Spring Spur, Bear Canyon Loop and Bear Canyon Campground). 
  • Kerry Canyon OHV Trail/Area is temporarily closed until further notice