Follow these guidelines as a starting point for staying healthy and safe outside during winter.

Temination of Developed Campground Closures

The following have been issued to provide for public safety and protect natural resources:

Regional orders

News releases

Region 5 Recreation Sites Status Map

This web map provides the public with updated information on the status of campgrounds, day-use sites, picnic areas, and other designated recreation sites on National Forests throughout California. For more detailed information please visit individual Forest websites.

A Note About Safe and Responsible Outdoor Recreation

Remember to recreate responsibly by keeping the following in mind:

  • Pack out your trash and leave nothing behind.
  • Follow Statewide (CA) campfire restrictions—Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a campfire on National Forests in California remain prohibited, except for developed campgrounds and certain permitted facilities.
  • Maintain physical distance from others. Do not gather in groups, and follow the latest guidance from health officials on face coverings.
  • Check with local National Forests for any additional visitor guidance and fire restrictions in place for specific locations.

Recreating responsibly will help ensure that expanded access to recreational facilities, services, and opportunities continue. Certain services may still be unavailable; please plan accordingly..

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.

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Find Recreational Opportunities

Please visit the forest website for details on the exciting recreational opportunities that await you there.


Pacific Southwest Region Maps

The Forest Service publishes a variety of map products to help you plan your next adventure or enjoy your next visit!

Special Uses

Today, our growing population and mobile society have created a demand for a variety of uses of federal lands managed by the Forest Service. Often these diverse needs require specific approval. The Agency's special-uses program authorizes uses on NFS land that provide a benefit to the general public and protect public and natural resources values.

California Campfire Permit

Campfire Permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally controlled lands and private lands that are the property of another person.

Campfire permits can also be obtained from any CAL FIRE, US Forest Service, or BLM station or office.


Wilderness Areas in California managed by the Forest Service

Tree icon for recreation information.

A uniquely American idea, wilderness is part of our heritage and is passed on as a legacy to our children. Firmly attached to the American past, the legacy that is wilderness will remain indispensable to the American future.

Wild and Scenic Rivers in California managed by the Forest Service

Tree icon for recreation information.

It is not just government agencies that are responsible for protecting and managing our national wild & scenic rivers. Many of us get our drinking water from rivers, and many of the animals we like to see live there. You are every bit as critical.


National Forest Recreation

Photo of hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Public lands offer a huge variety of settings and experiences that reinforce the natural character and complement your enjoyment of the forest landscapes found throughout the country.


Photo of a lake.

Recreation. gov is your one-stop shop for trip planning, information sharing and reservations brought to you by 12 federal Participating Partners.


Recreation Fees Make a Difference

Thank you: your fees make a difference.

These reports highlight accom- plishments provided through recreation fee dollars, the revenues and expenditures, and a sampling of planned projects in the Pacific Southwest Region.

Safety in the Woods

Attention: Be safe in the woods.

Safety of visitors is the number one concern of the US Forest Service. The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip.