Santa Barbara Ranger District

[image] Smokey Bear  - Los Prietos Ranger Station


Updated: April 19, 2019

Know Before You Go!

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

Highway 154 Status

Highway 154 is open 

West Camino Cielo Rd Status

West Camino Cielo Rd is temporarily closed until further notice due to a rock slide on the road

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

Divide Peak OHV is open to motorcyles and ATVs only. 

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 2017/2018/2019 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. 

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

  • Rock Camp - Open
  • P-Bar Flats Campground - Open
  • Middle Santa Ynez Campground - Open
  • Big Caliente Hot Springs - Open

Campground and Hot Springs Closures

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

Campgrounds in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area

  • Fremont (open)
  • Paradise - (open)
  • Los Prietos - (open)
  • Sage Hill Group Campground (open)
  • Upper Oso - temporarily closed due to high water levels at the First Crossing

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. . 

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

  • White Rock Day Use - Open
  • First Crossing Day Use - Open
  • Lower Oso Day Use - Temporarily closed
  • Red Rock Day Use Area - Temporariliy closed
  • Falls Day Use - Temporarily closed
  • Live Oak - Temporarily closed
  • Sandstone Day Use - Temporarily closed


  • Santa Cruz Trail is open to 19 Oaks Camp only (inaccessible by vehicle due to high water levels at the First Crossing) 
  • Snyder Trail (open)
  • Aliso  (inaccessible by vehicle due to high water levels at the Sage Hill crossing)
  • Red Rock Trail (no vehicle access due to high water levels at First Crossing)
  • Tequepis Trail (open)

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.