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A Note About Safe and Responsible Outdoor Recreation

Remember to recreate responsibly by keeping the following in mind:

Recreating responsibly will help ensure that expanded access to recreational facilities, services, and opportunities continue. Certain services may still be unavailable; please plan accordingly.

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

Target Shooting

Target shooting is currently prohibited in Los Padres National Forest. 

Recreation Map

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Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
American Canyon Seasonal Campground Closed Closed 8/1/2022 Update: American Canyon Campground will open on August 25. There is a possibility that it will open before 8/25/22. Call (805) 925-9538 ext. 0 for updates, Mon-Fri 8-430pm.
Arroyo Seco Campground Open Open
Arroyo Seco Day use Picnic Area Open Open
Arroyo Seco Trailhead Open Open
Ballinger Campground Open Open
Ballinger Canyon OHV Day Use Riding Area Open Open
Bottchers Gap Campround Closed Closed Closed indefinately due to Palo Colorado Road closure
Buckhorn Road Open Open
Campo Alto Campground Open Open
Camuesa Connector Open Open
Cerro Alto Campground Open Open
China Camp Campground Open Open
Chuchupate Campground Open Open
Chula Vista Walk-in Campground Open Open
Davy Brown Campground Open Open
Davy Brown Creek Open Open No fishing allowed
Divide Peak OHV Trailhead Open Open
Escondido Campground Open Open
Figueroa Campground Open Open
Figueroa Lookout Day Use Open Open
Fremont Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Temp closed until further notice for hazard tree removal.
Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca (Reyes Creek TH) Open Open
Horn Canyon Trail- 22W08 Open Open The Horn Canyon Trail is accessible from McAndrew Rd. Approximately half mile walk to primary access point. Thacher School has placed signage indicating how to pass over the school’s road.
Kirk Creek Campground Open Open
Kirk Creek Trail - 4E17 Open Open
Los Prietos Campground Closed Closed Temp closed until further notice for hazard tree removal.
Manzana Creek to Manzana Schoolhouse WEST (Lower) Open Open
Manzana Trailhead EAST (Upper) Nira Open Open
McGill Campground Open Open
Memorial Park Campground Open Open
Miranda Pine Campground Open Open
Monterey Ranger District Office (Ranger Station) Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Temporarily closed to in-person visitation. Call (831) 242-0619 Mon-Fri, 8-430 for information
Mt. Pinos Campground Open Open
Mt. Pinos Ranger District Office Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Temporarily closed to in-person visitation. Call (661) 245-3731 ext. 0, Mon-Fri, 8-430
Nacimiento Campground Open Open
Navajo Flat Campground Open Open
Nira Campground Open Open
Nordhoff Ridge Road Open Open Call (805) 724-0079 for reservations. Mon-Fri, 8-430
Ojai Ranger District Office (Ranger Station) Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Temporarily closed to in-person visitation. Call for information Mon-Fri 8-430. (805) 448-6487 or (805) 865-0416.
Paradise Campground Open Open
Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Open Open $12 parking
Piedra Blanca Trailhead (Rose Valley Area) Ojai Open Open
Pine Mountain Campground Open Open
Pine Ridge Trailhead from Big Sur Open Open
Pino Alto Day Use Picnic Area Open Open
Plaskett Creek Campground Open Open
Ponderosa Campground Open Open
Pozo - La Panza OHV Area Open Open
Red Rock Trailhead Open Open
Reyes Creek Campground Open Open
Reyes Peak Campground Open Open
Rock Front OHV Area Open Open
Rose Valley Campground Open Open
Sage Hill Group Campground Open Open
Salmon Creek Trail Open Open
Sand Dollar Beach Day Use Open Open
Santa Barbara Ranger District Office (Los Prietos) Open Open Temporarily closed to in-person visitation. Call (805) 724-0079 Mon-Fri, 8-430
Santa Cruz Trail - Upper Oso Trailhead Open Open
Santa Lucia Ranger District Office(Ranger Station) Open Open Temporarily closed to in-person visitation. Call for information: (805) 925-9538 ext. 0 Mon-Fri 8-430
Sespe River Trail Open Open
Supervisor's Office in Solvang (Headquarters) Open Open Temporarily closed to in-person visitation. Call for information Mon-Fri 8-430. Call (805) 448-6487
Turkey Flat OHV Staging Area/Trailhead Open Open
Upper Oso Campground Open Open
Upper OsoTrailhead Open Open
Vicente Flat Trail Open Open Access from Hwy 1 across from Kirk Creek Campground. Cone Peak Rd is closed until further notice.
West Camino Cielo Rd - Santa Barbara RD Open Open Open. Call (805) 724-0079 for road conditions
Wheeler Gorge Campground Open Open
Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open Open
White Oaks Campground Open Open
Zaca Ridge Rd/Catway Rd - 8N02 Open Open

Recreation Areas