Red Rock Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is 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 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 can be purchased from PMC at or purchased from the campground hosts at the Paradise Campground, the staff at the First Crossing kiosk or the White Rock Day Use Area. This pass is not available at the ranger station.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: No overnight camping in day use area. Camping allowed only in campgrounds.
Closest Towns: Santa Barbara Ranger District Office
3505 Paradise Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 967-3481
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Santa Barbara Ranger District
3505 Paradise Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone:(805) 448-3648

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Picnic tables Yes
Toilets Vault Toilet
Parking Yes
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