Chilao Visitor Center

Area Status: Open
Chilao Visitor Center

Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Elevation: 5,300-feet in elevation

Amenities: Self-guided trails with exhibits. Vault toilets (-non-flush) are located across the road in the Chilao Picnic Area. Trash receptacles available. No water available at visitor center. Closest water source (drinking water, water to wash hands from an outdoor faucet) is at Chilao Picnic Area, but water may not be available in winter months. 

Hiking: Access to multiple trails--

  • Silver Moccasin National Recreation Trail is within a half-mile walk of the visitor center. Dirt trail
  • National Forest Trail - very short paved trail with exhibits, which leads to the West Fork Cabin
  • Gabrieño Trail - short paved trail with exhibits about historic Native American use of the forest
  • Creekside Trail -  1/4-mile dirt trail with outdoor exhibits
  • Hiking trail - 1/4-mile dirt trail with exhibits that help you learn how to time your hiking speed, slight incline, 1/4 mile trail 

Wildlife-viewing: Popular site for bird-watching

Programs: Programs and activities may be arranged by reservation--call 626-796-5541 (weekends) or (661) 269-2808 (weekdays).

Fees: No fee or pass needed to park at the visitor center

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open weekends 9am-4pm.
Operational Hours: Office & Visitor Center Hours
Reservations: No reservations are required to come to the Chilao Visitor Center. However, reservations may be required for programs (presentations about nature or history) and activities. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Parking
Fees: No fee is required to park here. 
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: La Canada.
Water: NO
Restroom: Flush Toilet---Not Working
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Programs and activities are scheduled throughout the camping season. For additional information on programs and activities available at the visitor center, please call 626-796-5541.  Please call the Acton Work Center at (661) 269-2808 for current conditions and additional information.  

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Parking: 41 individual parking spurs and 5 bus parking spurs

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