Matilija Poppies Ojai Ranger District

Matilija Poppies in bloom on the Ojai Ranger District


Popular Recreation Activities

Hiking Camping OHV Riding Hunting




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

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.

Forest Order 05-07-51-20-08 COVID19 Emergency Closure  Monterey Ranger District

This Order is effective from May 16 through May 31, 2020.

Forest Order 05-07-00-20-07

Developed Recreation Sites (Concession-managed campgrounds) temporarily closed through June 1, 2020.

Forest Order 05-07-00-20-09 Developed Recreation Sites

Developed Recreation Sites (Campgrounds managed by the Forest Service and group campgrounds) temporarily closed through June 19, 2020.

Virtual Services

This office has moved to virtual services. You can access our forest maps at 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 – (805) 865-6204


Figueroa Mountain Wildflower Update April 2020

2017 Wildflower

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

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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Forest Recreation Information Brochures and Publications

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Information on recreational opportunities on the Los Padres National Forest.

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.

A map of our nations national forests and grasslands.

Interactive Visitor Map: Los Padres National Forest

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Sticky Monkey Flower

Figueroa Mountain Wildflower Guide