Santa Barbara Ranger District

[image] Smokey Bear  - Los Prietos Ranger Station


Updated: June 18, 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.

Current Forest Restrictions

Fire Restrictions

Open Campgrounds in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area

Sage Hill Group Campground will re-open on June 2, 2021 by reservation only.

Campground Reservations

To make or cancel reservations, 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

  • Open

Access to the Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Pendola)

Motorized access into the Pendola and Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Big Caliente Hot Springs and surrounding campgrounds) is open to hiking /biking traffic, but temporarily closed to vehicle traffic until further notice. 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. 

Campgrounds and hot Springs

Open via hiking and biking only – temporarily closed to motorized vehicular traffic

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

Campgrounds Closed Until Further Notice

  • 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: