Ojai Ranger District

View of the Sespe River on the Ojai Ranger District

Updated: May 15, 2022

Know Before You Go!

Hwy 33 is open. Check Caltrans for current conditions.

Call for current conditions: (805) 646-4348 or (661) 805-1057. The ranger station in Ojai is temporarily closed to walk-in visitation, but calls are answered Mon-Fri, 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Nordhoff Ridge Rd is temporarily closed until further notice due to winter storm damage to the road. Call (661) 805-1057 for future reservations.

The Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center is open on Saturdays from 9:00am - 3:00pm and on Sundays from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Located at: 17017 Maricopa Highway Ojai, CA. Please visit the Visitor Center website for more information.

Campgrounds

  • Holiday Group Campground - by reservation only through www.recreation.gov
  • Middle Lion - Open by reservation and first-come, first-serve, $20/night.
  • Pine Mountain - Open for first-come, first-served camping. By reservation starting May 15, 2022.
  • Reyes Peak - Open for first-come, first-served camping. By reservation starting May 15, 2022.
  • Rose Valley - Open by reservation and first-come, first-serve. $20/night.
  • Wheeler Gorge - Open by reservation and first-come, first-serve. $25/night.

Trail Status

Open

Fire Restrictions

Current Restrictions/Forest Orders

Forest Order 05-07-00-22-01 Firearms Prohibition - The Firearms Prohibition Forest Order is effective through December 31, 2022.

Forest Order 05-07-55-21-15 Sespe Condor Sanctuary Occupancy and Use Restriction - Expires 9-20-2023

Campground Occupany Use Forest Order 05-07-00-22-02 Camping 14 day stay - Expires 1/13/2024

Dispersed Camping

There is no disperse car camping on the Ojai Ranger District except for the Nordhoff Ridge Rd. You need to obtain a permit to access the Nordhoff Ridge Rd. Permits are issued by calling (661) 805-1057 Mon-Fri, 8-430. You need to make a reservation for the permit at least one week in advance. As of May 5, 2022, Nordhoff Ridge Rd is still closed due to winter storm damage to the road.

Disperse camping is not allowed on Hwy 33, the Rose Valley Recreation Area, Pine Mountain Recreation Area or Matilija Canyon Rd. These are Restricted Use Zones.

Road Status

  • Nordhoff Ridge Rd (5N08) - 5/5/2022 - Temporarily closed due to winter storm road damage.Contact (661) 805-1057 for more information about making future reservations.
  • Reyes Peak Road - 6N06.1/6N06.2 - Open             
  • Dough Flat - 6N16 - Open
  • Cherry Creek Rd - closed until further notice

Portrero Seco Road Closure

Portrero Seco Road (6N03) is closed indefinitately.

Ojai Ranger District Informational Brochures

The Tar Creek Area in the Sespe Condor Sanctuary is closed to the public