Upper Oso Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

There are 10 campsites open at the Upper Oso Campground. 8 sites are by reservation. 2 sites are first-come, first-served. The remaining 14 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 occasionaly closes during the winter months if the water levels are too high at the First Crossing and prevents access. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open. $20/night for camping. First-come, first-served or by reservations
Operational Hours: Check-in time: 2:00pm, 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 Foreset 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 (currently closed)
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 Office
3505 Paradise Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 967-3481 

General Information

Directions: (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.

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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 motorcyles and ATV's.

Fire Information For current fire restrictions, contact Santa Barbara Ranger District at (805) 967-3481 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf  


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

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