Find your next adventure

The Pacific Southwest Region includes 18 National Forests with a huge variety of world-class recreation opportunities.

Responsible Recreation

National forests and grasslands are ours to enjoy now. We want them to be enjoyed for future generations as well. So is it up to all of us to care of these natural resources. This means we can all enjoy the recreational activities of our choosing, but please do it responsibly.

Find Recreational Opportunities

Find trails, campgrounds, and many other recreation opportunities offered in the varied landscapes of the Pacific Southwest Region's National Forest system lands!

You can also visit our FAQ's for answers to many common visitor questions. Versión en Español: Preguntas Frecuentes del visitante. 

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



  • Maps

    Two visitors are hiking and looking at a forest map.

    Forest Visitor Maps, National Forest Atlas, and Wilderness Maps are available for purchase at the U.S. Geological Survey Store, most Forest & Grassland Offices in the region and other retail outlets. Many Forest Visitor Maps are also available for purchase as georeferenced PDFs on Avenza, for use on mobile devices.

  • Recreation Passes & Permits

    An image of day use passes.

    Most national forest system lands are open, free of charge for your use and enjoyment. User fees that help pay for facilities and services may be charged at some sites. Several types of passes and permits exist for sites that require fees.

  • Outdoor Safety & Ethics

    A young woman stands at the edge of an alpine lake in the Inyo National Forest

    Know Before You Go! Check out some key safety tips, learn how to help minimize your impact on natural resources & more.


Wilderness Areas in California managed by the Forest Service

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.

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Wild and Scenic Rivers in California managed by the Forest Service

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.

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