Mono Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

[image] Mono Campground

Mono Campground has three campsites which are all "Walk-in" only sites. The walk from the parking lot to the campsites is approximately 300 yards.  The camp sites feature a meadow, shade, many large trees, next to river- water will be low in summer. The campground is usually full on weekends during deer hunting season, mid August through late September. The Mono Debris Dam is close to the campground. The Cold Springs Trailhead is located in the parking area and Little Caliente Hot Springs is 2 miles away. The last mile of Little Caliente Road is closed and a short 5 minute walk provides access to the Little Caliente Hot Springs.

The last 12 miles of driving to Mono Campground is on dirt roads. The last section of steep dirt road before Mono Campground becomes slippery during wet weather. Vehicles may have to wait for up to a week for this section to dry out, so not advisable to use this area of the forest during wet weather.

Access to Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs and the Pendola / Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Forest Road 5N12, 5N15, 5N16)

The road to access the Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs and the Pendola / Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area consists of more than 8 miles of adobe clay roads. Higher clearance vehicles are recommended. The dirt roads are adobe clay, which becomes dangerously slippery to drive on during wet weather. For this reason, gates within the area get closed prior to wet weather events. Please check the Los Padres Forest website:  for updated information on these gate closures. There are no services in the Pendola Area. There are no phones, limited cell phone coverage, no potable water, no trash service, no gasoline, and limited tow service for automotive repairs. There is no camping at Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs. The Hot Springs are for Day Use Only (6am – 10pm). Camping is allowed in Campgrounds Only. There are four campgrounds available for camping – Mid Santa Ynez, Rock Camp, P-Bar Flats, and Mono Campgrounds. Mono Campground is a walk-in only campground with 3 sites available. Rock Camp is limited to two vehicles per site with 2 sites available. Mid Santa Ynez and P-Bar Flats have multiple sites and group sites that can all be accessed by vehicle. Fees for camping consist of needing a Forest Adventure Pass. You can purchase teh Adventure Pass at Southern California Big 5 Sporting Goods Stores or at a ranger station or the Los Paders Headquarters office. Campground Amenities consist of tables, fire rings, stand-up BBQ’s, and toilets.

The Adventure Pass is not required for day use at the Hot Springs or Forest Trailheads. Water in the creeks vary from being extremely low to completely dry. It is recommended that visitors plan to haul their own water in for camping. The Hot Springs still has flowing water. Please check the Los Padres Forest website for updated information of fire restrictions. All regulations are enforced!

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed indefintely
Operational Hours: Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am
Reservations: None. First-come, first-serve only
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Adventure Pass ($5/day or $30/year), or Annual Interagency Pass, Senior Interagency Pass, or Interagency Access Pass.
Permit Info: Adventure Pass ($5/day or $30/year), or Annual Interagency Pass, Senior Interagency Pass, or Interagency Access Pass.
Best Season: spring, fall
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Must pack out garbage. No motor vehicles in walk-in sites or meadow.
Closest Towns: Santa Barbara
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Santa Barbara Ranger District Office
3505 Paradise Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 967-3481

General Information

Directions: (From Santa Barbara) Off Hwy 101, 8 miles N.W. on Hwy 154, 20 miles east on East Camino Cielo Road, 6 miles NW on 5N15, walk-in 200 yards to campground.

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Hiking and mountain biking and bathing in Little Caliente Hot Springs.

No. of Sites 3
Reservation Info None. First-come, first-serve
Fire Information NO firewood available at campground.
For current fire restrictions, contact Santa Barbara Ranger District at (805) 967-3481 or visit


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Tent camping
Toilets vault toilets

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