Red Rock

Area Status: Open
Red Rock Recreation Area

Up river to Gibraltar reservoir. The " low road" is considered the Red Rock trail and follows the river. You will find several large swimming holes along the trail. The most popular pool "Red Rock Pools" is 1/2 mile from the trailhead and can be crowded with visitors on weekends. The more secluded pools are further upriver. Combine the low road and the high road for a pleasant seven mile loop. Portions of the trail can be hot during the summer. The trail along the river can be rocky and jarring on a mountain bike. The upper road levels out during middle section but is a workout near the trailhead and dam. Open all year. Seasonal road closure may occur due to high water level on river crossings. Portable restrooms and trash service at trailhead parking.

Santa Ynez River Santa Barbara Ranger District Red Rock Recreation Area

At a Glance

Current Conditions: River Rd is closed due to high water levels on the road crossings. Currently no vehicle access to Red Rock. Hike or bike only to the trailhead
Area Amenities: Toilets, Parking
Fees: The parking area and day use facilities at the Red Rock Trailhead are managed by the Parks Management Company. Fee: $10 per vehicle for parking per day. 
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Heavy
Water: No water
Restroom: Vault toilet
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Los Prietos Ranger Station: (805) 724-0079

General Information

Directions: From Santa Barbara Hwy 101, 10 miles NW on Hwy 154, 10 miles East on Paradise Road to the end of the road.


River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking

Moderate difficulty. In Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area. Popular large swimming holes.

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