Santa Barbara Ranger District

[image] Smokey Bear  - Los Prietos Ranger Station


Updated: June 17, 2022

Know Before You Go!

Call  (805) 724-0079. Calls are answered Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm.

  • Highway 154 is open. Check the CalTrans website for updates:
  • The First Crossing on Paradise Rd is open. There is vehicle access to Upper Oso Campground and Trailhead, Buckhorn Rd and the Red Rock area.
  • East Camino Cielo Rd is open.
  • West Camino Cielo Rd (5N19) is open
  • Romero Camuesa Road 5N15 and Big Caliente Road 5N16 are closed to vehicle access. This area (roads, campgrounds and hotsprings) can be accessed by hiking, biking and equestrian riding.
  • Los Prietos and Fremont campgrounds are temporarily closed until further notice due to hazard tree removal.

Current Forest Restrictions

Forest Order 05-07-54-22-04 Fire Use Restrictions - Santa Barbara Front Country Expires: February 24, 2024. These restrictions DO NOT apply to the campgrounds in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area. Please refer to the map for restricted areas or call (805) 448-6487 for more information.

  • Fire Use Restrictions - Santa Barbara Front Country Closure Map. NOTE: This prohibition does not include the following campgrounds on the Santa Barbara and Santa Lucia Ranger Districts: Fremont, Paradise, Los Prietos, Upper Oso, Figueroa Mountain, Davy Brown and Nira.

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

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

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

Campgrounds in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area


Temporarily closed

Closed until further notice due to hazard tree removal

Campground Reservations

To make or cancel reservations, go to: or call 1-877-444-6777. To contact the Parks Management Company (PMC), please visit:

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

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

Trails off of Paradise Rd and Highway 154

  • Aliso Trailhead near the Sage Hill Group Campground - Open
  • Santa Cruz Trail to 19 Oaks Camp - Open
  • Snyder Trail - Open
  • Red Rock Trail - Open
  • Tequepis Trail ( to reach Tequepis Trail, start at the free parking lot at the entrance of Circle V Camp)

Temporarily 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


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

Access to the Buckhorn and Camuesa OHV Routes

  • Open

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)

  • Temporarily closed to motorized vehicles

Motorized access into the Pendola and Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Big Caliente Hot Springs and surrounding campgrounds) is temporarily closed until further notice. There is access via hiking, biking and equestrain use . The roads are temporarily closed 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 - access by hiking, biking or equestrian riding only

  • 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