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
American Canyon Seasonal Campground Open to Visitor The American Canyon Campground is only open during deer season August 11-September 23, 2018. Contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District Office for more information: (805) 925-9538
Arroyo Seco Campground Open to Visitor By reservation. www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777 or first-come, first-served
Ballinger Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. First-come, first-serve or by reservation 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 Closed to Visitor Seasonal closure until May 2019.
Catway Day Use Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to wet weather
Cerro Alto Campground Open to Visitor Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
China Camp Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. First-come, first-serve or reservations 1-877-444-6777
Chuchupate Campground Closed to Visitor Seasonal closure until May 2019
Chula Vista Campground Open to Visitor No fee. Open year-round. Walk-in campsite, first-come, first-serve, no reservations
Cruickshank Trail Closed to Visitor There are sections along the trail that are impassable due to landslide debris. Hiking this trail is not recommended at this time. Alternative trails are Salmon Creek and Buckeye. For more information, please visit: ventanawild.org. 
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 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to wet weather - road closed on 11/27/18 - no vehicle access
Figueroa Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Fremont Campground Open to Visitor First-come, first serve. $30/night
Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca (Reyes Creek TH) Open to Visitor Open. Trailhead parking through Reyes Creek Campground
Goldhill Camping Area Closed to Visitor
Halfmoon Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season until May 2019.
Hi Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to wet weather
Kings Campground Open to Visitor Adventure Pass required to camp
Kirk Creek Campground Open to Visitor $35/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
La Panza Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to wet weather
Los Prietos Campground Open to Visitor first-come, first-serve. $30/night
McGill Campground Closed to Visitor Seasonal closure until May 2019. $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Memorial Park Campground Open to Visitor $20/night, first-come, first-serve or reservations 1-877-444-6777
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 Open
Mono Campground Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to damage to the campground from winter storms.
Mt. Pinos Campground Closed to Visitor Seasonal closure until May 2019. $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Nacimiento Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. First-come, first-serve. No reservations. No dispersed camping along Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd.  Forest Order 05-07-51-17-04 Roadside Camping Prohibition 
Navajo Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to wet weather
Nira Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. First-come, first-serve or by reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Nordhoff Ridge Open to Visitor Permits for vehicle access are currently available. Contact Ojai Ranger Station 805-646-4348 X 0.
Paradise Campground Open to Visitor
Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Open to Visitor Open. $10/day for parking at the beach
Pine Mountain Campground Open to Visitor $20/night.Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. First-come, first-serve or 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.
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 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to wet weather
Red Rock Trailhead Open to Visitor
Reyes Creek Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. First-come, first-serve or by reservation 1-877-444-6777
Reyes Peak Campground Open to Visitor Open. $20/night. First-come, first-serve. No reservations. 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
Rose Valley Campground Open to Visitor Open. $20/night. Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. First-come, first-serve or by reservation 1-877-444-6777
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.
Toad Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Turkey Flat OHV Trailheal and Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to wet weather
Upper Oso Campground Open to Visitor First-come, first-serve. $30/night
Upper OsoTrailhead Closed to Visitor The Santa Cruz Trail from the Upper Oso Trailhead is temporarily closed after 19 Oaks Camp
Valle Vista Campground Open to Visitor Adventure Pass required for camping
West Camino Cielo Rd - Santa Barbara RD Open to Visitor
Wheeler Gorge Campground Open to Visitor $25/night. Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. First-come, first-serve or by 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. First-come, first-serve or by reservation: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Areas & Activities
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