Upper Oso Campground

Area Status: Closed
Upper Oso Campground

There are 10 campsites open at the Upper Oso Campground. They are currently first-come, first-served only. No reservations until May 15, 2022. The remaining 14 campsites (mostly equestrian campsites) are temporarily closed until further notice. 

Oak trees, seasonal creek runs through the campground, large sites, canyon setting. Tables, firepits w/grill, barbecues, flush toilets, water, garbage bins, R/V - no hookups. Firewood for purchase from the campground host. River access to the Santa Ynez River along the last 6 miles of Paradise Road. Watch out for poison oak. There are several accessible sites at this campground.

This campground occasionally closes during the winter months if the water levels are too high at the First Crossing and prevents access.

Campfires are currently allowed with a CA Campfire Permit: www.readyforwildfire.org

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check-in time: 3:00pm, Check-out time: 12:00noon. Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am   
Reservations: www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $30/night, $10/ extra vehicle fee. Concession-managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service.  The Interagency Senior and Acess Passes provide pass holders with 50% off of camping fees - not valid for day use within the campground or extra vehicle parking fee. Day use in the campground is $10 per vehicle. 
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Spring, fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: No more than 8 people per site, 14 day stay limit. Green sticker and approved spark arrestor required on motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles for use on the Buckhorn Rd, Upper Oso Trailhead.
Closest Towns: Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Solvang
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Santa Barbara Ranger District: (805) 967-3481

General Information


(From Santa Barbara) Off Hwy 101, 10 miles N.W. on Hwy 154, 5.5 miles east on Paradise Road, 1.5 miles N. on 5N15.

General Notes:

In campgrounds and picnic areas, dogs mst be kept on a leash. Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Equestrian, nature hiking trails, mountain bikes, all terrain vehicles, mountain bikes, river access and fishing about 1 mile to the river.

Green and approved apark arestor required on motorcycles and ATV's.

Fire Information For current fire restrictions, contact Santa Barbara Ranger District at (805) 448-3648 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf  


Camping trailer: yes
Picnic tables: yes
Tent camping: yes
Parking: yes
Toilets: Flush
Accessible: Several campsites are accessible
Drinking water: water spigots

Recreation Areas

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