Recreation

A view of the Los Padres National Forest.The Los Padres National Forest features mountains, streams, rivers and beaches. Weather can vary throughout the forest and altitude ranges from sea level on the Monterey Ranger District, to almost 9,000 feet on the Mt. Pinos Ranger District.

A Note About Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.gov.

Visiting National Forests

Please avoid visiting national forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.

If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.

Campground Status

All campgrounds are now open except for group campgrounds. Group campgrounds will remain closed to comply with State and County orders. These group campgrounds will re-open when the State and County orders are lifted. Reservations will be cancelled through www.recreation.gov. Full refunds will be issued. For refund information, please contact Recreation.gov at 1-877-444-6777 or contact the Parks Management Company by email: customerservice@pmcparks.com or call (805) 434-1996.

Campgrounds that are now open:

Virtual Services

This office has moved to virtual services. You can access our forest maps at https://www.fs.fed.us/ivm/. If you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call the Supervisor's Office or one of the Ranger District Offices listed below: 

  • Supervisor’s Office in Goleta – (805) 865-0416
  • Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 448-4710
  • Santa Lucia Ranger District in Santa Maria –  (805) 448-6487
  • Ojai Ranger District in Ojai – (805) 448-4710
  • Monterey Ranger District in King City – (831) 242-0619
  • Mt. Pinos Ranger District in Frazier Park – (661) 556-6110 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
American Canyon Seasonal Campground Closed to Visitor The American Canyon Campground will be open August 24 for 2020 deer hunting season. Contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District Office for more information: (805) 448-6487  
Arroyo Seco Campground Open to Visitor By reservation: www.recreation.gov
Arroyo Seco Day use Picnic Area Open to Visitor $10/day for day use
Arroyo Seco Group Campground Closed to Visitor Group campgrounds will remain closed to comply with State and County orders. Group campgrounds will re-open when the State and County orders are lifted.
Ballinger Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Big Caliente Day Use - Hot Springs Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed until further notice
Bottchers Gap Campround Closed to Visitor Closed indefinately due to Palo Colorado Road closure
Buckeye Trail Open to Visitor open
Buckhorn Road Open to Visitor Parking at the Upper Oso Trailhead. $10/day fee
Campo Alto Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Catway Day Use Open to Visitor open
Cerro Alto Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $25/night
China Camp Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night. 4-wheel drive recommended on Tassajara Rd
Chuchupate Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Cold Springs Trails - West Fork Open to Visitor open
Cold Springs Trial - East Fork Open to Visitor open
Colson Campground Open to Visitor open
Cruickshank Trail Open to Visitor open
Davy Brown Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night. NO fishing allowed
Divide Peak OHV Trailhead Open to Visitor open
Dough Flat Trailhead Closed to Visitor The Dough Flat Road is temporarily closed until further notice. Contact the Ojai Ranger District Office at (805) 448-4710
Escondido Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Figueroa Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Fremont Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $30/night
Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca (Reyes Creek TH) Open to Visitor Trailhead parking through Reyes Creek Campground. The campground is closed. Park outside of campground to access trailhead at this time until further notice. Restrooms are closed
Hi Mountain Campground Open to Visitor Open - Adventure Pass Campground
Holiday Group Campground Closed to Visitor Group campgrounds will remain closed to comply with State and County orders. Group campgrounds will re-open when the State and County orders are lifted.
Horn Canyon Trail- 22W08 Closed to Visitor Horn Canyon Trailhead and trail use is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 guidelines. The trailhead is located on Thatcher School property and the school is closed. Parking and trail use is currently prohibited.
Jesusita Trail Open to Visitor
Johnston Ridge Trailhead - 20W12 Open to Visitor open
Kirk Creek Campground Open to Visitor By reservation. $35/night. www.recreation.gov
Kirk Creek Trail - 4E17 Open to Visitor open
Los Prietos Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $30/night
McGill Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
McGill Group Campground Closed to Visitor Group campgrounds will remain closed to comply with State and County orders. Group campgrounds will re-open when the State and County orders are lifted.
Memorial Park Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Miranda Pine Campground Open to Visitor Yes - Adventure Pass Campground
Monterey Ranger District Office (Ranger Station) Closed to Visitor King City, CA -temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information (831) 385-5434 X 0 Mon-Fri 8-430
Mt. Pinos Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Mt. Pinos Ranger District Office Closed to Visitor Frazier Park - Temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information Mon-Fri 8-430. (661) 556-6110
Nacimiento Campground Open to Visitor First-come, first-serve campground. No reservations. $20/night
Navajo Flat Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Nira Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Nordhoff Ridge Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed until further notice. Contact the Ojai Ranger District office for more information. (805) 448-4710
Ojai Ranger District Office (Ranger Station) Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information Mon-Fri 8-430. Call: (805) 448-4710
Paradise Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $30/night
Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Open to Visitor $12/ day use parking
Pine Mountain Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Plaskett Creek Campground Open to Visitor By reservation. $35/night. www.recreation.gov
Plaskett Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Group campgrounds will remain closed to comply with State and County orders. Group campgrounds will re-open when the State and County orders are lifted.
Ponderosa Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $25/night
Pozo - La Panza OHV Area Open to Visitor open
Prewitt Loop - 5E06 Open to Visitor open
Rattlesnake Canyon Trail Santa Barbara Open to Visitor open
Red Reef Trail Sisar Ridge Rd to Nordhoff Ridge Rd Closed to Visitor Impassible to stock and foot traffic. Trail is very overgrown with poison oak and many down trees. The trail tread is gone or washed out in many areas as well. This trail is not recommended to hike at this time until further notice.
Red Rock Trailhead Open to Visitor open
Reyes Creek Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Reyes Peak Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Rinconada Trailhead Open to Visitor No permit or fee to park at trailhead. Access off of Pozo Rd
Rock Camp Campground Closed to Visitor The road to Rock Camp is temporarily closed due to winter storm damage to the Romero Camueso Rd. Closed until further notice
Rock Front OHV Area Open to Visitor open
Romero Canyon trail Open to Visitor open
Rose Valley Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night
Sage Hill Campground Closed to Visitor Group campgrounds will remain closed to comply with State and County orders. Group campgrounds will re-open when the State and County orders are lifted.
Salmon Creek Trail Open to Visitor open
San Ysidro Trail Open to Visitor open
Sand Dollar Beach Day Use Open to Visitor $10 day use parking
Sandstone Day Use Area Open to Visitor open
Santa Barbara Ranger District Office (Los Prietos) Closed to Visitor Ranger station on Paradise Rd is temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information: (805) 448-3648 Mon-Fri 8-430
Santa Cruz Trail - Upper Oso Trailhead Closed to Visitor Sections of the Santa Cruz Trail are temporarily closed until further notice due to winter storm damage/severe erosion. Currently the road is temporarily closed to Upper Oso
Santa Lucia Ranger District Office(Ranger Station) Closed to Visitor Santa Maria, CA -temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information: (805)448-6487 Mon-Fri 8-430
Santa Paula Canyon (Last Chance) - 21W11 / 21W09 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed through Sept. 30, 2020. Refer to Forest Order No. 05-07-55-20-15
Sespe River Trail Open to Visitor Adventure Pass is required to park at Piedra Blanca Trailhead. No restroom facilities available at this time. Please pack all trash out! Thank you.
Silver Peak Wilderness Open to Visitor open
Supervisor's Office in Goleta (Headquarters) Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed to walk-in visitation. You can call for information Mon-Fri 8-430. Call (805) 865-0416
Tunnel Trail Open to Visitor open
Turkey Flat OHV Staging Area/Trailhead Open to Visitor open
Upper Oso Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $30/night
Upper OsoTrailhead Open to Visitor $10/parking fee at trailhead
Ventana Wilderness Open to Visitor open
Vincente Flat Trail Open to Visitor open
West Camino Cielo Rd - Santa Barbara RD Open to Visitor open
Wheeler Gorge Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $25/night
Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail Open to Visitor open
Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open to Visitor Open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am - 3:00pm
White Oaks Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-serve. $20/night. 4-wheel drive recommended on Tassajara Rd
Zaca Ridge Road - 8N02 Open to Visitor open
Areas & Activities
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https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/lpnf/recreation