Santa Lucia Ranger District

Family hiking San Rafael Wilderness

Springtime backpacking on the Manzana Creek Trail , San Rafael Wilderness

Updated: July 5, 2022

Know Before You Go!

  • Contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District office for current conditions: (805) 865-0416. Calls are answered Monday through Friday 8-430.
  • 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

Fire Restrictions

In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that fire restrictions will be implemented throughout the Forest effective May 27. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials, and internal combustion engines, and will remain in effect until January 31, 2023. 

  • No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted outside of developed recreation sites or designated Campfire Use Sites, even with a valid California Campfire Permit. Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be permitted, but only with a valid California Campfire Permit, which can be obtained free-of-charge at the Ready For Wildfire website. Forest visitors must clear all flammable material for five feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person always attends the stove during use.
  • Current Fire Restrictions
  • Forest Order 05-07-00-22-08 Fire Use Restrictions
  • Fire Use Restrictions Exhibit A - Campfire Use Sites

Forest Orders and Restrictions

Picnic Day Use Areas - Figueroa Mountain

Picnic areas are open and require the Adventure Pass for parking and day use.

Open Campgrounds

Hiking Trails

Open

  • Adobe (off of Hwy 166)
  • Big Falls (Santa Lucia Wilderness)
  • Cerro Alto Looop (Cerro Alto Campground)
  • Davy Brown Trail (Figueroa Mtn)
  • East Cuesta Ridge Road (hiking, mountain biking, equestrian use only)
  • Fir Canyon - Davy Brown (Figueroa Mtn)
  • Gifford (Off of Hwy 166)
  • Judell (San Rafael Wilderness - trailhead off of Sierra Madre Road- hike from Cox Flat off of Santa Barbara Cyn Rd)
  • Little Falls (behind Lake Lopez)
  • Lopez Canyon Trail (off of E. Cuesta Ridge Road)
  • Manzana Trail East (upper) - Off  of Sunset Valley Rd (Nira Campground)
  • Manzana Trail West (lower) - Off of Sunset Valley Rd
  • Munch Canyon Trail (Figueroa Mtn)
  • Rinconada (Pozo Road)
  • Sunset Valley Trail (Figueroa Mtn)

Pozo/La Panza OHV trails/roads

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.
  • Hi Mountain Rd and Hi Mtn Lookout Rd.

Rock Front Ranch OHV Area

Open

  • Rock front Area at Forest Road 30S02: 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: Baja, Buck Springs and Paradise.

Road Status

Open

  • Road No. 29S28 (TV Tower Road) West Cuesta Ridge Road
  • Bates Cyn Rd to Bates Campground and to Sierra Madre Rd
  • Colson Canyon Rd (campground is permanently closed)
  • Figueroa Mountain Rd at Los Olivos/Hwy 154 to Cachuma Saddle/Happy Canyon Rd
  • Figueroa Lookout Rd to Pino Alto Day Use Area and the Lookout Day Use Area
  • Happy Canyon Road to Sunset Valley Rd
  • Hi Mountain Road (Arroyo Grande - Pozo Road (Forest Road No. 30S05)
  • Hi Mountain Lookout Rd to the Hi Mountain Campground
  • Miranda Pine Road 11N03
  • Pine Canyon Road 11N04 to Brookshire and Horseshoe Campgrounds
  • Pozo/La Panza roads and OHV trails
  • Rock Front roads and trails
  • Sierra Madre Rd - Forest Road 32S13.1
  • Zaca Ridge Road/Catway Road 8N02 - Figueroa Mountain area

Temporarily Closed OHV Trails

  • The Catway OHV Route (8N03) - Figureoa Mountain OHV Area

Permanently Closed Campgrounds

  • Colson Campground

La Brea Area road and trail closures 

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

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