Nira Campground

Area Status: Open
Nira Campground

Nestled in large grove of Oak Trees. Manzana Creek runs through the campground. Trailhead for San Rafael Wilderness - Upper Manzana Creek Trail to the Manzana Narrows. There are 12 campsites. 

Reservations: 9 sites are now on the reservation system: or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  (3 campsites) are on a first-come, first- serve basis . Cash only for first-come, first-serve campsites.

In campgrounds and picnic areas, dogs mst 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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground check-in time: 3:00pm, check-out time: 12:00 noon. Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: Concession-managed campground by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. $30/night, $10/extra vehicle fee per night. Interagency Senior and Acess Passes provide pass holders 50% off of camping fees - not valid for day use or extra vehicle parking fee. $10 parking fee per day at the Nira Trailhead (Manzana Creek Trail to Manzana Narrows.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: spring/summer/fall
Busiest Season: spring/summer
Closest Towns: Los Olivos, Solvang, Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Passes: Interagency Senior and Acess Passes provide pass holders with 50% off of camping fees - not valid for day use, trailhead parking or extra vehicle parking fee.
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Santa Lucia Ranger District
1616 No.Carlotti Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 925-9538 ext. 0 or (805) 623-0328

General Information

Directions: From Hwy 154: Armour Ranch Rd./ Happy Canyon Rd. 11 miles northeast to Cachuma Saddle, Sunset Valley Rd. 6 miles north.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Day hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, hunting, major trailhead into San Rafael Wilderness (Upper Manzana Creek Trail).

Fire Information Contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District for current fire restrictions at 805-448-6487 or

Day Hiking


Horse Camping

Horse Riding


Camping trailer: yes
Picnic tables: yes
Tent camping: yes
Parking: yes
Toilets: vault toilet
Fee charged for some activities: $10/day parking at Manzana Creek Trailhead

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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