Santa Barbara Ranger District

Area Status: Open
[image] Smokey Bear  - Los Prietos Ranger Station

Santa Barbara Ranger District offers camping, day hiking, backpacking, fishing, horse riding and camping, mountain biking, hunting, OHV riding and camping, swimming in the Santa Ynez River and beautiful wildflower displays in the spring.

There are no cabins. Campgrounds only.

At a Glance

Fees: The parking fee at day use picnic areas and trailheads in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation area is $10 a day. This recreation area is managed by the Parks Management Company (PMC) for the Forest Service. PMC sells an annual day use pass that can be used for day use parking in the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation area. For more information about the PMC Annual Pass, go to:
Closest Towns: Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Solvang
Information Center: Phone number: (805) 724-0079

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Santa Barbara Ranger District

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Santa Barbara Ranger District

Dispersed Camping

Call (805) 724-0079 Mon-Fri, 8:00am - 4:30pm for information about dispersed camping opportunnities on the Santa Barbara Ranger District. Disperse camping is allowed on W. Camino Cielo on the Santa Barbara Ranger District and Happy Canyon Road and Figueroa Mountain Road on the Santa Lucia Ranger District. No campfires allowed. Gas or propane stoves only with a CA Campfire Permit. You can obtain a permit at Please pack everything out including trash and human waste. Thank you for keeping our national forest clean. Please practive Leave No Trace principles.

Rock Climbing

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Santa Barbara Ranger District

Horse Riding

Big Game Hunting

Small Game Hunting

OHV Trail Riding

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Santa Barbara Ranger District

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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