Red Rock Trailhead

Area Status: Open
Red Rock Recreation Area

The site is located at the end of River Road, 10 miles from Paradise Road.

Red Rock Trailhead is a paved. The trailhead parking serves hikers and equestrians. The facility has vault toilets, trash, and a picnic table. No drinking water. 

Red Rock Trailhead includes 144 parking spaces and four trailer parking spaces.  The Santa Ynez River can be accessed from the site. 

 A hiking trail from the parking lot follows the Santa Ynez River upstream to the base of Gibraltar Dam. 

The trailhead is open all year. However, during high river flows during winter months, Paradise Road is closed to motorized traffic.

Santa Ynez River Santa Barbara Ranger District Red Rock Recreation Area

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open
Operational Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Reservations: None
Area Amenities: Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: This recreation site is managed by the Parks Management for the Forest Service.  $10 per vehicle for parking or you can purchase and use the Parks Management Annual Day Use Pass for $50. Pass information at . This pass is not available at the ranger station, but it may be available at the First Crossing Kiosk when it is open.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: No overnight camping in day use areas. Camping is allowed only in campgrounds.
Closest Towns: Santa Barbara, 30 miles or Santa Ynez, Los Olivos or Solvang
Water: No water
Restroom: Vault toilet
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Santa Barbara Ranger District: (805) 967-3481

General Information


From Highway 154 turn east Paradise Road. Follow for 12 miles to the parking area.  

General Notes:

Red Rock Recreation Area

Recreation Map

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River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking



Picnic tables: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Vault Toilet

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