Los Padres National Forest Welcomes You

From the mountains to the sea, the Forest spans some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes to be found anywhere in California

Discover the Los Padres

 

  • Chris Stubbs selected as new Los Padres Forest Supervisor

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    On Friday, June 10, U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore announced the selection of Chris Stubbs as new Los Padres Forest Supervisor. Stubbs has served as Los Padres Deputy Forest Supervisor since 2019. He replaces Kevin Elliott, who retired in October 2021 following 42 years of federal service. Stubbs will take the reins beginning June 26.


Fire Restrictions in Effect

In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, 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.

Encompassing almost two million acres, the Los Padres is the third largest National Forest in California. It occupies a major portion of the coastal mountain ranges and extends for about 220 miles from the west boundary of Los Angeles County to mid-Monterey County on the north. More information about the forest.

Visitors are attracted to the Los Padres by the variety of terrain, vegetation, and recreational settings which include ocean beaches, sub-alpine forest, chaparral, desert badlands, and riparian areas. The Big Sur area, on the beautiful Monterey coastline, is a national and international attraction which is visited by millions of travelers each year. Recreational activities include camping, hiking, scenic driving, OHV riding and camping, equestrian riding, fishing, snow play, beach walks, wildflower viewing, picnicking, rock climbing and more.

  • Visitor Services

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    The Los Padres National Forest's Supervisor's Office (headquarters) and ranger stations (district offices) have re-opened. Please call the ranger station/office that you plan to visit ahead of time for hours of operation. You can access our forest maps or if you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call the nearest ranger district.

Features

Rose Valley Creek Restoration Project

Rose Valley Creek

Many public resources and cultural values take place at Rose Valley Creek. Stream and habitat restoration is being proposed for Southern California steelhead and other federally protected wildlife. Along with stream restoration, floodplain function, water-holding properties, riparian vegetation, are expected to increase. Read more...

May 24, 2022 Rose Valley Creek Restoration Project Scoping Meeting

May 13, 2021 Rose Valley Creek Restoration Project Public Workshop Video Recording

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Restoring Los Padres’ Native Steelhead Trout Habitat

Davy Brown Creek First Crossing

The anadromous Southern California steelhead (SCS) trout distinct population segment indigenous to Southern California received Endangered Species status in 1997 due to declining numbers. Over the last two decades, the situation for these trout native to Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) has continued to deteriorate, and the species now have one of the highest levels of federal protection. 

Stream conditions and steelhead critical habitat were further degraded by the massive Zaca Fire in 2007 that denuded landscapes above traditional steelhead spawning waters and contributed to greater sediment deposition downstream. As SCS stocks have declined substantially from their historic numbers across the LPNF and other part of Southern California, many are now facing extinction.

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