Rose Valley Campground

Area Status: Open
[image] Rose Valley Campground

Rose Valley Campground at an elevation of 3,450 feet is surrounded by chaparral covered mountains with pockets of Bigcone Douglas-Fir.  There are 9 campsites in Rose Valley Campground. They are located in a single loop. Tables, BBQ grills, and/or fire rings are provided in each campsite. There is one vault toilet in the campground and another across from the lake. Water is not available at this campground. You need to bring your own water.

Points of InterestRose Valley Falls. This trail begins at the southwest area of the  campground. Follow it for a short 1/2 mile and be at the base of the falls. The cliffs at the falls are arkosic sandstone and crumble easily. Please do not climb around on steep sections or get close to the edge. There is no fee to walk in to access the Rose Valley Falls Trail if you park outside of the campground. If you park in the campground for day use, there is a $10 fee.

Close by is the Piedra Blanca Trailhead which is at the end of the  Rose Valley Road past the Ojai Valley Gun Club and the Middle Lion Campground. The trailhead is the gateway for the Sespe River Trail (22W04) and the Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail (22W03).

Vegetation: Cottonwood trees provide shade for some of the camp-sites. You may notice a few small pine trees in the center of the campground. Other plants to see include toyon, chamise, and sage. Toyon is especially beautiful in the fall and winter with its bright red berries. If you like wildflowers, Rose Valley offers wild rose and poppies in the spring.

The Rose Valley Campground is managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. $30/night for camping.

Reservations: 6 sites are now on the reservation system: or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  (3) sites are on a first-come, first- serve basis.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open
Operational Hours: Check-in time: 3:00pm. Check-out time: 12:00 noon. Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am 
Reservations: or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Reservations need to be made 8 days in advance. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: $30/night for camping, $10/night for an extra vehicle.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Ojai, CA
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Passes: Interagency Senior and Access Passes provide 50% off camping fees.
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Ojai Ranger Station (805) 646-4348 190 E Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023

General Information


To get there follow Highway 33 north from Ojai 14.7 miles to mile marker 25.84.  Turn right at the Rose Valley Road (6N31) turnoff and follow the paved road for 3.1 miles. Turn right again at the Rose Valley Campground sign (across from the lower lake) and follow this road 0.6 miles into Rose Valley Campground. Watch out for rough sections of road.




General Notes:

In campgrounds and picnic areas, dogs must be kept on a leash. Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands.

If you park outside of the campground, there is no fee to walk through the campground to access the Rose Valley Falls Trailhead. If you park in the campground, there is a $10 fee for parking.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Camping and hiking. Rose Valley Falls Trail, Rose-Lion Connector Trail and Nordhoff Ridge Road offer trail opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Gated access to Nordhoff Ridge Road (4 wheel drive road) available by free permit from Ojai Ranger Station; maximum of 20 vehicles per day. Road closed when wet. Lake access nearby.

No. of Sites 9
Reservation Info or by call 1-877-444-6777
Fire Information For current fire restrictions, visit the Los Padres website: 
No. of Accessible sites 9

Day Hiking

The principal attraction to this section of the Sespe is Rose Valley Falls. This trail to the falls begins at the southwest area of the campground between Campsites 4 and 5. Follow it for a short 1/2 mile and you will be at the base of the falls. The cliffs at the falls are arkosic sandstone and crumble easily, so tread lightly. Rose Valley Falls is the tallest waterfall in the range and while it is an easy hike to the base of the 100-foot tall lower tier of the waterfall (0.8 miles round trip with 150 feet of elevation gain), it is adventure to reach the more impressive upper tier. Please do not climb around on steep sections or get close to the edge. If you are not camping, you will need to park outside of the campground to hike the trails, or the Day Use Fee for parking in the campground is $10.00.


Camping trailer: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: vault toilets

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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