Santa Lucia Ranger District

Area Status: Open
[image} Poppies on Grass Mountain - Figueroa Recreation Area

The Santa Lucia Ranger District offers a diversity of outdoor opportunities. These lands are yours - to visit, to care for, but most of all, to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in America's Great Outdoors. The Santa Lucia Ranger District offers a variety of recreational opportunities... hiking and backpacking, trail riding by horse, mountain biking, off-highway vehicles, hunting, camping and picnicking, and don't forget vibrant wildflower displays each spring especially in the Figueroa Recreation Area.

Recreation passes are required for use of certain recreation sites and areas in the forest, and for certain facilities and services. 

Parks Management Concession Company

For more information about concession-managed campgrounds and day use areas in the Los Padres National Forest, please visit:

Adventure Pass

On the Santa Lucia Ranger District, the Adventure Pass is only required at the following campgrounds: Hi Mountain, Miranda Pine, Horseshoe, Bates, Brookshire and American Canyon (deer hunting season only). Contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District office for more information about purchasing and using the Adventure Pass. (805) 448-6487 or contact your nearest Big 5 Sporting Goods Store.

Disperse Camping

Contact the ranger station for disperse camping information: (805) 865-0416, Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:30pm.

At a Glance

Information Center: Santa Lucia Ranger District: (805) 865-0416. Call Mon-Fri, 8:00am - 4:30pm.


Mountain Biking

Areas for Mountain Biking at Santa Lucia Ranger District

Day Hiking

Santa Lucia Ranger District offers a multitude of day hikes. Figueroa Mountain allows our visitors to choose from several available trails, and roads to hike, mountain bike, or horse-back ride. Highway 166 grants a handfull of public land access points to our visitors. Hi Mountain offers access into the Garcia Wilderness and along East Cuesta into Santa Lucia Wilderness. West Cuesta shares a beautiful botanical natural area and Cerro Alto Trail Loop (day hiking). 

Areas for Day Hiking at Santa Lucia Ranger District


Areas for Backpacking at Santa Lucia Ranger District

Horse Camping

Areas for Horse Camping at Santa Lucia Ranger District

Big Game Hunting

Small Game Hunting


Areas for Picnicking at Santa Lucia Ranger District

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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