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.

Important Information

Accessible Recreation Opportunities

A continuing goal of the Los Padres National Forest is to make the recreational opportunities accessible to persons with disabilities. Although many of these areas already have wheelchair-accessible campsites, restrooms and trails, we are continuing to make more sites accessible.

Accessible Sites

The Forest Service has adopted the universal design approach to site accessibility which takes into consideration the differing physical capabilities of visitors. Not all locations/facilities are 100% accessible because the forest is continually adding new accessible sites. Please call ahead to the Ranger District for more information.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aliso Trailhead Open to Visitor Trail is not passable in certain sections. Call 805-967-3481 X 0 for more information or go to www.hikelospadres.com
Arroyo Seco Campground Open to Visitor June 29, 2018 ALERT - Bring your own drinking water!
Ballinger Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Big Caliente Day Use - Hot Springs Closed to Visitor The road to the hot springs is closed until further notice due to landslides. Hike, bicycle or equestrian only. No vehicle access.
Bottchers Gap Campround Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed until further notice due to damage from the Soberanes Fire.
Buckhorn Road Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to trail damage from 2017 winter storms. Contact the SB Ranger District Office at 805-967-3481 X 0.
Campo Alto Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Cerro Alto Campground Open to Visitor Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
China Camp Campground Open to Visitor $20/night reservations 1-877-444-6777
Chula Vista Campground Open to Visitor No fee. Walk-in campsite, first-come, first-serve, no reservations
Cone Peak Lookout - 4E12 Open to Visitor The road to Cone Peak is open
Davy Brown Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Divide Peak OHV Trailhead Open to Visitor
Escondido Campground Open to Visitor $20/night reservations 1-877-444-6777
Figueroa Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Fremont Campground Open to Visitor Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. Call the ranger station at 805-967-3481 X 0 or the Parks Management Company at 805-434-1996 for more information. $30/night
Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca (Reyes Creek TH) Open to Visitor Open. Trailhead parking at Reyes Creek Campground
Hi Mountain Campground Open to Visitor Open Adventure Pass Campground $30/annual pass or $5/day pass
Kirk Creek Campground Open to Visitor $35/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
La Panza Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Los Prietos Campground Open to Visitor Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. Call the ranger station at 805-967-3481 X 0 or the Parks Management Company at 805-434-1996 for more information. $30/night
McGill Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Memorial Park Campground Open to Visitor $20/night reservations 1-877-444-6777
Middle Lion Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed until further notice due to damage from the Thomas Fire. Contact Ojai Ranger Station at 805-646-4348
Middle Santa Ynez Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to landslides. Closed until further notice. Hike in or bike or equestrian only. No vehicle access.
Miranda Pine Campground Open to Visitor Adventure Pass Campground
Mono Campground Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to damage to the campground from winter storms.
Mt. Pinos Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Nacimiento Campground Open to Visitor No dispersed camping along Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd.  Forest Order 05-07-51-17-04 Roadside Camping Prohibition 
Navajo Flat Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. Managed by Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. Reservations 1-877-444-6777
Nira Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Nordhoff Ridge Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed until further notice. Permits for vehicle access are currently not available. Contact Ojai Ranger Station 805-646-4348
Paradise Campground Open to Visitor Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. 805-434-1996 or 805-967-3481 X 0. reservations: www.recreation.gov
Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Open to Visitor Open. $10/day for parking.
Piedra Blanca Trailhead (Rose Valley Area) Ojai Open to Visitor Open - requires the Adventure Pass for parking
Pine Mountain Campground Open to Visitor Open. $20/night. Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. By reservation 1-877-444-6777
Pine Ridge Trail from China Camp Open to Visitor Open only to Redwood Camp. Trail is closed from the Big Sur Station to Ventana Camp.
Pine Ridge Trailhead from Big Sur Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed until further notice.
Plaskett Creek Campground Open to Visitor $35/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Ponderosa Campground Open to Visitor $25/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Pozo - La Panza OHV Area Open to Visitor Open
Red Rock Trailhead Open to Visitor
Reyes Creek Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. Reservations 1-877-444-6777
Reyes Peak Campground Open to Visitor Open. $20/night. Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
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
Rose Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed until further notice due to damage from the Thomas Fire. Contact Ojai Ranger Station at 805-646-4348
Sage Hill Campground Open to Visitor By reservation only www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
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. There is access up to 19 Oaks.
Sespe River Trail Open to Visitor Open
Upper Oso Campground Open to Visitor By reservation. Call 1-877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov $30/night
Upper OsoTrailhead Closed to Visitor The Santa Cruz Trail from the Upper Oso Trailhead is temporarily closed
Vincente Flat Trail Open to Visitor
West Camino Cielo Rd - Santa Barbara RD Open to Visitor open
Wheeler Gorge Campground Open to Visitor Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. Reservations through www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777. For more information call Ojai Ranger Station 805-646-4348 X 0
Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open to Visitor Open Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm. Managed by the Los Padres Forest Association: http://lpforest.org/
White Oaks Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
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