Recreation

About a dozen family members wade and frolic in the San Gabriel River East Fork.The Angeles National Forest is an urban National Forest in the center of an ever-changing population and provides a wide range of recreation opportunities to visitors from around the world. These important recreation areas provide a place for surrounding communities to experience solitude, quiet, and enjoy unique recreation opportunities.

Important Information

Policy on Shooting

Target shooting is not allowed anywhere in Angeles National Forest - San Gabriel Mountains National Monument except in designated ranges.

Policy on Pet Dogs

Always keep your dog leashed, except when inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate, or portable kennel. Do not allow your dog to wander freely, pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 36, Chapter II, Sec. 261.8 (d).

While on a trail or in and around campgrounds and picnic areas, dogs must be kept on a leash (unless caged or crated) no longer than six feet, pursuant to CFR, Title 36, Chapter II, Sec. 261.16 (j).

Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands.

Recreation Fee Information

The Recreation Fee Program, which includes the Adventure Pass, helps conserve, protect, and restore natural and heritage resources. Follow this link to a map of the Recreation Fee Locations and more information on the Recreation Fee Program.

Motor Vehicle Use Maps

These maps have been prepared and issued under 36 CFR 212.56, and identify those roads, trails, and areas designated for motor vehicle use. Learn more about Motor Vehicle Use Maps:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Appletree Campground Open to Visitor Campfires only in the provided campfire rings.
Bandido Group Campground Open to Visitor Please visit recreation.gov for reservation information. There isn't any piped water available. It is highly recommended to bring your own water.
Bear Campground Open to Visitor Hike in only. No toilets.
Bear Canyon Trail Camp Open to Visitor First serve - first come basis. No fire rings provided. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Blue Ridge Campground Open to Visitor Campfires only in the provided campfire rings.
Buckhorn Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the Season.
Cabin Flat Trail Camp Open to Visitor Hike in only. No water.
Chilao Campground Open to Visitor Due to an unforeseen water leak, there isn't any piped water available. It is highly recommended to bring your own water. Campsites are on a first come - first served basis. Fires are only allowed in provided fire rings. 
Coldbrook Campground Open to Visitor Fills to capacity most weekends. Campfires only in the provided campfire rings.
Cooper Canyon Trail Camp Open to Visitor First come - first served basis. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Cottonwood Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Coulter Group Campground Open to Visitor Please visit recreation.gov for reservation information. Due to an unforeseen water leak, there isn't any piped water available. It is highly recommended to bring your own water.
Crystal Lake Rec Area Campground Open to Visitor Fills to capacity most weekends. Campfires only in the provided campfire rings.
Deer Flats Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed.
Devore Trail Camp    First come - first served basis. No fire rings provided. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Fall Creek Trail Camp Closed to Visitor Closed
Glenn Camp Campground Open to Visitor Fills to capacity most weekends - First serve - first come basis. Fire rings provided. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Gould Mesa Trail Camp Open to Visitor First serve - first come basis. No fire rings provided. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Guffy Campground Open to Visitor Hike in. Fires only allowed in provided fire rings. No water available, must bring own water.
Hoegees Trail Camp Open to Visitor Fills to capacity most weekends - First serve - first come basis. Fire rings provided. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Horse Flats Campground Open to Visitor First come - first served basis. Campfires only in the provided campfire rings. There isn't any piped water available. It is highly recommended to bring your own water.
Jackson Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor Fires only allowed in provided fire rings.
Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Opens May 11th, 2018. Fires only allowed in provided fire rings.
Lightning Point Group Campground - Closed Closed to Visitor Closed
Los Alamos Campground Open to Visitor Fires are allowed in provided fire rings only.
Los Alamos Group Campground Open to Visitor Fires are allowed in provided fire rings only.
Lupine Campground Open to Visitor Hike in. Fires are allowed in provided fire rings only.
Manker Campground Open to Visitor Fills to capacity most weekends. Campfires only in the provided campfire rings.
Meadow Group Campground Open to Visitor Please visit recreation.gov for reservation information. Due to an unforeseen water leak, there isn't any piped water or flush toilets available (there are vault toilets available near group site #2). It is highly recommended to bring your own water.
Messenger Flats Campground Open to Visitor Hike in only until 3N17 road opens.
Millard Trail Camp Open to Visitor Fills to capacity most weekends - First serve - first come basis. Fire rings provided. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Monte Cristo Campground Open to Visitor First come - first served basis. Campfires only in the FS provided campfire rings.
Mountain Oak Campground Closed to Visitor Opens May 11th, 2018. Fires only allowed in provided fire rings.
Mt. Lowe Trail Camp Open to Visitor
Oak Flat Campground Open to Visitor First come, first serve. Fires only allowed in provided fire rings.
Oakwilde Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Peavine Campground Open to Visitor First come, first serve. Fires only allowed in provided fire rings.
Rowher 4x4 OHV Trail Open to Visitor
Rowher Flats Trailhead Open to Visitor
Rowher Loop OHV Trail Open to Visitor
Sawmill Campground Open to Visitor First come, first serve. Fires only allowed in provided fire rings.
Southfork Campground Open to Visitor First come, first serve. Fires only allowed in provided fire rings.
Southfork Group Campground Open to Visitor First come, first serve. Fires only allowed in provided fire rings.
Spring Camp Campground Open to Visitor First come - first served basis. No fire rings provided. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Spruce Grove Trail Camp Open to Visitor Fills to capacity most weekends - First serve - first come basis. Fire rings provided. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Streamside Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Sulphur Springs Trail Camp Open to Visitor First come - first served basis. Fire rings provided. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Sycamore Flats Campground Open to Visitor First come, first serve. Fires only allowed in provided fire rings.
Table Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor Opens May 11th, 2018. Fires only allowed in provided fire rings.
Upper Shake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Valley Forge Trail Camp Open to Visitor First come - first served basis. FS campfire rings are provided. A CA campfire permit is required to operate backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
West Fork Trail Camp Open to Visitor First come - first served basis. Fire rings provided. Requires CA campfire permit for use of backpack stove or equivalent heating device.
Zuni Campground Closed to Visitor Closed