Santa Barbara Ranger District

Updated: December 12, 2018

Know Before You Go!

Please contact the Santa Barbara Ranger District office for current conditions: (805) 967-3481 X 0. 

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

Divide Peak OHV is open.  This is open to Motorized Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) that are 50” or less.  (Motorcycles and ATV’s only – No UTV’s, ROV's). Hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use is allowed on the Divide Peak OHV area trails. 

Campgrounds and Hotsprings in the Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Pendola) – Motorized Access Temporarily Closed

Motorized Access into the Pendola and Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Big Caliente Hot Springs and campgrounds) is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic until further notice due to 2017/2018 winter storm damage to the Romero Camuesa Rd, Roads 5N12 and 5N15. Emergency road funding has been applied for, and it is unknown when the road will get repairs funded and completed. 

East Camino Cielo Road 5N12 / Divide Peak OHV 5N12

The new gate at Romero Saddle where the pavement ends on East Camino Cielo Road 5N12 is closed to passenger cars and electronic bicycles.

There is a side-gate at this location that is open, providing access for Motorcycles and ATV’s onto Divide Peak Off-Highway-Vehicle (OHV) Route 5N12 and for non-motorized use to the Pendola/Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area.


The public is allowed to park their vehicles at Romero Saddle where the pavement ends on E. Camino Cielo Road 5N12 and use the side-gate that is open to access Divide Peak OHV Route (Motorcycles and ATVs) and non-motorized traffic to access Pendola and the Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Non-motorized traffic – Hikers, Horses, Mountain Bikers).

Open Campgrounds and Hot Springs (accessible only by hiking, non-motorized bicycle and horses - no vehicle access)

  • Lower Caliente (Rock Camp)
  • P-Bar Flats Campground
  • Middle Santa Ynez Campground
  • Big Caliente Hot Springs is working

Campground and Hot Springs Closures

  • Mono Camp (closed)
  • Little Caliente Hot Springs are in need of repair (closed)

Open Campgrounds in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area

  • Fremont 
  • Paradise 
  • Los Prietos
  • Sage Hill Group Campground
  • Upper Oso

Parks Management Company Contact Information

For questions about campground reservations or cancellations, please contact or call 1-877-444-6777 or call the Parks Management Company at 805-434-1996. . 

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

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

Open Trails

  • Santa Cruz Trail to 19 Oaks Camp only 
  • Snyder
  • Aliso
  • Red Rock Trail
  • Tequepis Trail

Closed Areas in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area due to 2017 winter storm damage

  • Santa Cruz Trail beyond 19 Oaks Camp
  • Buckhorn OHV Rd
  • Camuesa OHV Rd

Santa Barbara Front Country Trails

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

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, call the Forest Supervisor's Office at (805) 968-6640.