Wheeler Gorge Campground

Area Status: Open
Wheeler Gorge Campground

Shady sites surrounded by rocky mountains. Stream runs through the campground. Recreational Vehicles and tent camping.

Wheeler Gorge Campground has 69 family campsites, 5 handicap accessible sites, and 6 double sites for larger groups. RV's maximum length is 35 feet. Each site contains a table, barbecue and fire ring.There is no dump station or potable water at the campground. Please bring your own drinking water.

Creek runs through campground seasonally in the winter and spring. Dry during summer months.

Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance. This campground requires a 2 night minimum stay on weekends and a 3 night minimum stay on holiday weekends. Maximum 2 vehicles per site. An additional fee will be collected on-site for second vehicle. No check-in after 10pm, security gate locked.

Reservations: 59 sites are on the reservation system: www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.  9 campsites sites are on a first-come, first- serve basis.  Cash only for first-come, first-serve campsites.

Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center is across from the campground and is open Sat/Sun from 9-3. Interpretive displays, exhibits and naturalist programs from May - September. For more information visit: http://lpforest.org/wheeler/ 

Wheeler Gorge Natural Trail follows a nice stream and is a easy half a mile hike. Trail is open year-round. This is a loop trail that leads through a riparian and chaparral habitat. The trailhead is on the west side of Highway 33, 1/2 mile north of the Wheeler Gorge Campground entrance. Due to the traffic on Highway 33, please be careful accessing the trailhead.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check-in time: 3:00pm. Check-out time: 12:00 noon. No check in after 10:00PM, security gate is locked. Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am.
Reservations: www.recreation.gov or by call 1-877-444-6777.  
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: Single site (6-8 people) $35/night. Double site $60/night. Extra vehicle fee $10.00/night. Day use parking within the campground is $10.00 per vehicle. Call (805) 646-4348 or (805) 968-6640 Monday-Friday, 8-4:30 for more information.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Ojai, CA (8 miles) Ventura, CA
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Passes: If you have a Senior Interagency Pass or Interagency Access Pass, you are eligible for a 50% discount on overnight camping.
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Ojai Ranger Station: (805) 646-4348 1190 E Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023

General Information


Travel north on Highway 33, 8 miles from Ojai. Turn left into Wheeler Gorge Campground.

General Notes:

Dogs are allowed on a leash in the campground. Dogs must wear a collar with current tags, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands. and within your control at all times.

There is NO fee for parking outside of the campground and walking in. Wheeler Gorge Campground is a great spot for wildlife viewing, especially birds. You can park across the street at the Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center and cross Hwy 33 to the campground. The day use fee is only for parking in the campground.



Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Camping, hiking, Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail starts at upper end of campground (8.5 miles from Ojai); The Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center is open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

No. of Sites Wheeler Gorge Campground has 68 family campsites, 5 handicap accessible sites, and 6 double sites for larger groups.
Reservation Info www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
No. of Accessible sites 5 handicap accessible sites

Day Hiking


Interpretive Site: Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center and Nature Trail: https://lpforest.org/wheeler/
Camping trailer: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Toilets: vault toilets
Parking: Yes

Recreation Areas

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