Forest Recreation Information Brochures and Publications

Information on recreational opportunities on the Los Padres National Forest.

Learn more about the Condor Sanctuary in the Los Padres

The Sanctuary lies within the Sespe Wilderness and is where the Forest Service provides critical habitat, wildlife refuge, and land management for the protection of the California condor.


Figueroa Mountain Wildflower Update April 2020

Greetings everyone! We hope all of you are staying healthy and safe during this trying time. The wildflowers this year are quite scarce. Due to the very dry winter we had, not many of the plants made it. Those that did, have taken advantage of the little moisture we had this winter and many came out early in an effort to bloom, be pollinated and scatter their seeds for next year’s flowers before they no longer could. Although we’ve received quite a bit of rain in the last couple of weeks, it will not help this year’s blooms. Unfortunately, with the grasses growing so tall, they are hiding the few flowers which did make it.   Read more about the Figueroa Mountain April Wildflower Update

Reducing Unhealthy Hazardous Fuels in the Los Padres National Forest

Fire specialists were back at work using fire to reduce unhealthy hazardous fuels that have built up in Los Padres National Forest. The Santa Lucia Ranger District is pile burning at the Figueroa Fire Station on Tuesday, February 18 throughThursday, February 20, 2020.

Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Summer Saturday Naturalist Programs

Visit the Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center on Saturdays this summer. Learn about bears, bats, bees, trees and more! Summer Schedule

Thomas Fire Burn Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) Report 

The US Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team’s purpose is to assess threats to life, property, and cultural and natural resources from fire-induced changes to the watershed that can cause erosion, sedimentation, flooding, and debris flows. The BAER team has completed their reports which provide a synopsis of BAER findings and the Forest Service’s internal request for implementation funding to treat values at risk on Forest Service lands only. The information generated by the BAER team is crucial for further analysis by other agencies affected by the fire to examine off-Forest values at risk within their jurisdiction.

Los Padres Partners with Parks Management Company to Manage Recreation Sites

On November 1, 2016, a new concessionaire Special Use Permit (SUP) was issued to Parks Management Company for campground and recreation site operations.

Under the new SUP, there will be changes to the recreation sites fees. The 18 sites newly added to the concession SUP that currently require an Adventure Pass will now require a $20-35 per night camping fee or $10 day-use fee for parking at trailheads and picnic areas. Interagency Senior and Access pass holders will receive a 50 percent discount on camping fees only - not valid for day use or parking at trailheads.

An annual pass for day-use sites will be available through Parks Management Company for $50 and will be good at any of the concession-managed day-use sites and trailheads on the Los Padres NF. Adventure Passes and Interagency Passes will not be accepted for parking in day use/picnic areas or trailheads. Learn more about the Parks Management Company

Women In Wildfire Training Camp 2017

The Los Padres National Forest hosted its third annual Women In Wildfire Training Camp on November 27 through December 2, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA. The forest conducted a successful outreach this year and received over 160 applications, of which 23 participants were selected and successfully completed the training camp.

This year, the LP expanded the program by adding a day to the Training Camp and developing a more thorough screening process to improve the level of interest and dedication from participants. The camp provides a comprehensive wildland fire orientation, which includes classroom and hands-on field exercises as well as certification and physical agility test. Participants take part in leadership and teambuilding exercises and receive professional development training through resume and usajobs application workshops.

Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness!

In 2014, our nation celebrated "50 Years of Wilderness".

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain. To learn more about the Wilderness Act and the NWPS, visit http://www.wilderness.net, the official wilderness information website.