Santa Barbara Ranger District

[image] Smokey Bear  - Los Prietos Ranger Station


Updated: May 14, 2021

Know Before You Go!

Please contact the Santa Barbara Ranger District office for current conditions: (805) 448-3648. The office is temporarily closed to walk-in visitation, but you can call for information Mon-Fri 8-430.

  • ALERT: East Camino Cielo from Cold Springs Saddle to Romero Saddle will be closed from April 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021. 

The section that will close to ensure worker and public safety is on East Camino Cielo from Cold Springs Saddle to Romero Saddle. The construction work will be extensive and require the roadway to be dug up, reinforced with new crib walls, and repaved. Public motorists will not be allowed to use the road until the construction project is completed. This closure will restrict access to Pendola as well as the Divide Peak OHV area and the top of Romero Trail.

This roadway suffered extensive storm damage in 2017 and recently received emergency funding from the Federal Highways Administration to begin construction.

Current Forest Restrictions

Open Campgrounds in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area

Temporarily Closd Campgrounds in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area

  • Fremont (not open until May 1st due to a maintenance project)

Sage Hill Group Campground is closed until further notice

Group campgrounds will remain closed to comply with State and County orders.

Campground Reservations

To make reservations or to cancel a reservation, go to: or call 1-877-444-6777. To contact the Parks Management Company (PMC), please visit:

Open Day Use/Picnic Areas in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area

  • Falls Day
  • First Crossing Day Use Area
  • Live Oak
  • Lower Oso
  • Red Rock
  • Sandstone
  • White Rock Day Use Area - Paradise Rd

Open Trails off of Paradise Rd and Highway 154

  • Aliso Trailhead near the Sage Hill Group Campground
  • Santa Cruz Trail to 19 Oaks Camp
  • Snyder Trail
  • Red Rock Trail
  • Tequepis Trail ( to reach Tequepis Trail, start at the free parking lot at the entrance of Circle V Camp)

Closed Trails in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area due to 2017-2019 winter storm damage

  • Santa Cruz Trail beyond 19 Oaks Camp

Santa Barbara Front Country Trails

All front country trails are open

  • Jesusita Trail
  • Tunnel Trail
  • Rattlesnake Trail
  • East and West Cold Springs Trail
  • San Ysidro Trail
  • Hot Springs Trail
  • Romero Trail

Access to the Buckhorn OHV Route

  • Open. Parking is $10/day at the Upper Oso Trailhead.

The Buckhorn OHV route suffered extensive damage as a result of the 2016 Rey Fire and subsequent winter rains, making the route unsafe due to rock slides, mudslides and washouts. The Camuesa portion of the OHV route was severely impacted after flood waters poured through a narrow and inaccessible canyon and washed out a section of the route, requiring it to be shortened. Please be careful when riding the Buckhorn, make sure your spark arrester is in good working order, and remember OneLessSparkOneLessWildfire.

Divide Peak OHV Area off of East Camino Cielo Road 5N12

  • Temporarily closed due to the closure of East Camino Cielo from April 1 - May 31, 2021

Campgrounds and Hotsprings in the Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Pendola)

Temporarily closed due to the closure of East Camino Cielo April 1 through May 31, 2021

The roads are temporarily closed to vehicular traffic due to poor road conditions resulting from the 2017-2019 winter storm damage on the Romero Camuesa Road 5N15 and Big Caliente Road 5N16. In addtion, repairs to the 2019 winter storm damage on the paved section of East Camino Cielo Road (5N12) past San Ysidro Trailhead is anticipated to begin March 29, 2021. The road repair work is anticipated to last 60 days with road closures located at Cold Springs Saddle. All motorized vehicles, hiking, biking, and Divide Peak OHV traffic will not be allowed through the road repair closure to access trailheads beyond Cold Springs Saddle. During the road repair closure, the Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area can still be accessed via hiking and mountain biking via the back-side of Cold Spring Trail. Divide Peak OHV will be closed to accommodate the road repair closure on E. Camino Cielo Road.

Campgrounds and Hot Springs

Temporarily Closed

  • P-Bar Flats Campground
  • Middle Santa Ynez Campground
  • Big Caliente Hot Springs
  • Little Caliente Hot Springs

Closed Until Further Notice

  • Lower Caliente (Rock) Camp
  • Mono Camp

Safety Alert for Thomas Fire Burn Area

Visitors should be congnizant that certain areas within the Thomas Fire burn scar were heavily damaged by the fire and subsequent rainfall. Soils and new vegetation remain very fragile and the public is strongly encouraged to stay on the roads and trails and avoid the many hazards that exist throughout the burn scar. Hikers are encourage to avoid the burned areas in favor of nearby trails, campgrounds, and day-use areas that were not affected by the Thomas Fire. If  you plan to hike within the burned areas, you need to be aware of loose soils, rolling rocks, and unstable portions of the trails. Los Padres National Forest staff will continue working with local group and partner organizations to develop a strategic approach to repairing the damaged sections of trail. To learn more about how you can volunteer, contact the Los Padres Forest Association: