Propane and gas stoves in developed recreation sites only.

 

The Los Padres National Forest reopened on Friday, October 9, 2020 except for the Monterey Ranger District

The Monterey Ranger District remains closed to the public due to the Dolan Fire. The rest of Los Padres is open to the public. Extreme fire restrictions remain in effect – gas and propane portable lanterns and stoves are only allowed in developed recreation sites. All campfires are prohibited.

Dolan Fire Closure - Monterey Ranger District

​Visiting National Forests

Please avoid visiting national forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.

Virtual Services

This office has moved to virtual services. You can access our forest maps at https://www.fs.fed.us/ivm/. If you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call the Supervisor's Office or one of the Ranger District Offices listed below: 

  • Supervisor’s Office in Goleta – (805) 865-0416
  • Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 448-3648
  • Santa Lucia Ranger District in Santa Maria –  (805) 448-6487
  • Ojai Ranger District in Ojai – (805) 448-4710
  • Monterey Ranger District in King City – (831) 242-0619
  • Mt. Pinos Ranger District in Frazier Park – (661) 556-6110 

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We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!

A Note About Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.gov.

Features

Protecting Pine Mountain and Reyes Peak

These infested areas must be treated in order to be protected for future generations

On May 8, Los Padres National Forest introduced a plan to protect areas of Pine Mountain and Reyes Peak that are at risk due to overstocking and the devastating impacts from disease and insect infestation. The Reyes Peak Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project lays within a federally designated Insect and Disease Treatment Area where declining forest health conditions have put the area at risk for substantial tree mortality over the next 15 years. The primary goal of this project is reduce tree densities to promote forest resilience to drought, insect and disease, and wildfire. To achieve this goal, professional Forest managers will selectively thin specific areas to enhance forest health across 755 acres on Pine Mountain between California Highway 33 and Reyes Peak in Ventura County.


Learn more about the Condor Sanctuary in the Los Padres

Condor Bitter Creek Wildlife Refuge

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.

 


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Spotlights

Forests Dealing With Visitor Surge and Trash

Piles of trash, overflowing pit toilets, and damage to trails and roads are just a few issues Forest Service staff are addressing on many of the 18 National Forest across California recently.

Los Padres NF Wins Award for Women In Wildland Fire Training

A line of women dressed in firefighting gear stand in a field with shovels and hoes

In 2014 the Los Padres National Forest received a Washington Office diversity grant to fund a project designed to engage and recruit under-represented groups into the Fire Program.

 




Forest Recreation Information Brochures and Publications

[image} Arroyo Seco Monterrey Ranger District

Information on recreational opportunities on the Los Padres National Forest.


A map of our nations national forests and grasslands.

Interactive Visitor Map: Los Padres National Forest


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Our Maps

 

[image] Kirk Creek Campground

Los Padres Partners with Parks Management Company to Manage Forest Recreation Sites


[image] Figueroa Mountain - Lupines

Figueroa Mountain Spring Wildflower Guide




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