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
Arroyo Seco Campground Open to Visitor
Arroyo Seco Trailhead Closed to Visitor Due to the Soberanes Fire Closure Order, the Arroyo Seco Trailhead is closed until further notice.
Ballinger Campground Open to Visitor
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 due to the Soberanes Fire Closure Order. Closed until further notice.
Buckeye - 5E09 Open to Visitor Trailhead is only accessible from Hwy 1 from the south from San Simeon only. No access from the north down to the Silver Peak Wilderness due to a massive landslide
Buckhorn Road Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed until further notice at the First Crossing.
Campo Alto Campground Open to Visitor Concession-managed Campground by the Parks Management Company. $20/night For more information, please call 805-434-1996 or 661-245-3731 X 0
Cerro Alto Campground Open to Visitor Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. 805-434-1996. Reservations: www.recreation.gov
Cerro Alto Trail Open to Visitor $10 day use fee for parking at the trailhead or Parks Management Annual Pass for $50. 805-434-1996 or www.campone.com The Interagency Senior, Access or Annual Passes ARE NOT ACCEPTED for day use. Adventure Pass is also NOT ACCEPTED.
China Camp Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to the Soberanes Fire Closure Order. Closed until further notice.
Chula Vista Campground Open to Visitor
Colson Campground Open to Visitor
Cruickshank - 5E10 Open to Visitor Trailhead is only accessible from Hwy 1 from the south from San Simeon only. No access from the north down to the Silver Peak Wilderness due to a massive landslide
Davy Brown Campground Open to Visitor concession-managed campground. $20/night
Divide Peak OHV Trailhead Open to Visitor
Escondido Campground Open to Visitor
Figueroa Campground Open to Visitor concession-managed campground. $20/night
Figueroa Lookout Day Use Closed to Visitor Figueroa Lookout Day Use Area will be Temporarily closed until further notice due to concerns related to dead and dying hazardous trees that pose a safety risk to visitors. These areas will remain closed until the public safety risk is mitigated by cutting the hazardous trees
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 0r the Parks Management Company at 805-434-1996 for more information.
Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca (Reyes Creek) -22W03 Open to Visitor
Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca Natl Rec Trail -22W03 Open to Visitor
Hi Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed. Contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District Office at 805-925-9538 X 0.
Holiday Group Campground Open to Visitor
Kirk Creek Campground Open to Visitor Hwy 1 is closed. Vehicle access only via Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd. By reservation only www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777.
La Panza Campground Open to Visitor
Los Prietos Campground Open to Visitor Call the ranger station at 805-967-3481 X 0 or call the Parks Management Company at 805-434-1996 for more information.
Lower Manzana Trailhead Open to Visitor Contact the Santa Lucia Ranger Station for trail/water conditions (805) 925-9538. No fishing allowed.
Manzana Creek Trail to Manzana Schoolhouse Open to Visitor
Manzana Trailhead EAST (Upper) - Nira Open to Visitor Trailhead is concession-managed by the Parks Management Company. Parking is $10/day per vehicle.
McGill Campground Open to Visitor Concession-managed Campground by the Parks Management Company. $20/night For more information, please call 805-434-1996 or 661-245-3731 X 0
Memorial Park Campground Open to Visitor Concession-managed campground by the Parks Management Company. $20/night camping fees.
Middle Lion Campground Open to Visitor
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 Requires an Adventure Pass per vehicle per night. $5/day pass or $30/annual pass.
Mono Campground Closed to Visitor Closed indefinitely due to due damage to the campground from winter storms.
Monterey Ranger District Closed to Visitor Most of the Monterey Ranger District is temporarily closed due to the Soberanes Fire Closure or due to the Highway 1 closure. Please contact the Monterey Ranger District at 831-385-5434 X 0 for more information or go to: http://www.ventanawild.org/plan-a-trip
Mt. Pinos Campground Open to Visitor Concession-managed Campground by the Parks Management Company. $20/night For more information, please call 805-434-1996 or 661-245-3731 X 0
Nacimiento Campground Open to Visitor First-come, First-serve. $20/night.
Navajo Flat Campground Open to Visitor Concession-managed campground. $20/night
Nineteen Oaks Open to Visitor $10 day use fee to park at the Upper Oso Trailhead. Trail beyond 19 Oaks is not in good condition and not recommended.
Nira Campground Open to Visitor Concession-managed campground. $20/night
Nordhoff Ridge Open to Visitor Contact the Ojai Ranger District at least two weeks in advance for a recreation permit for use on the Nordhoff Ridge OHV area. 805-646-4348 X 0.
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 Closed to Visitor Hwy 1 is currently closed. No vehicle access to Pfeiffer Beach until further notice.
Piedra Blanca Trailhead Open to Visitor Adventure Pass required to park at trailhead
Pine Mountain Campground Open to Visitor Concession-managed by the Parks Management Company. $20/night
Pine Ridge Trail from China Camp - 3E06.2 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to the Soberanes Fire Closure Order. Closed until further notice.
Pine Ridge Trailhead 3E06 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to the Soberanes Fire Closure Order. Closed until further notice.
Pino Alto Day Use Picnic ARea Closed to Visitor Pino Alto Day Use Area will be Temporarily closed until further notice due to concerns related to dead and dying hazardous trees that pose a safety risk to visitors. These areas will remain closed until the public safety risk is mitigated by cutting the hazardous trees.
Plaskett Creek Campground Open to Visitor Hwy 1 is closed. Campground is accessable by Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd only. By reservation only. www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777. 
Ponderosa Campground Open to Visitor
Pozo - La Panza OHV Area Open to Visitor
Red Rock Day Use Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Red Rock Trailhead Open to Visitor $10 day use fee for parking at Red Rock.
Reyes Creek Campground Open to Visitor Concession-managed by the Parks Management Company. $20/night per vehicle
Reyes Peak Campground Open to Visitor Concession-managed by the Parks Management Company. $20/night
Reyes Peak Trailhead Open to Visitor
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 No fee or pass required for the Rock Front OHV Area
Rock Front OHV Trailhead Open to Visitor
Rose Valley Campground Open to Visitor Concession-managed by the Parks Management Company - $20/night per vehicle
Rose Valley Falls - 22W15 Open to Visitor Park on the side of the road outside of the Rose Valley Campground
Sage Hill Campground Open to Visitor Managed by the Parks Management Company at 805-434-1996. By reservation only through www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Salmon Creek Open to Visitor Trailhead is only accessible from Hwy 1 from the south from San Simeon only. No access from the north down to the Silver Peak Wilderness due to a massive landslide
Salmon Creek - 6E11 Open to Visitor Trailhead is only accessible from Hwy 1 from the south from San Simeon only. No access from the north down to the Silver Peak Wilderness due to a massive landslide
Santa Barbara Ranger District Open to Visitor
Santa Cruz Trail - Upper Oso Trailhead Closed to Visitor The Santa Cruz Trail is temporarily closed until further notice due to winter storm damage/severe erosion
Silver Peak Wilderness Open to Visitor There is now access to the Silver Peak Wilderness - Salmon Creek Trailhead from Hwy 1 to the south from San Simeon only. Trails are open. There is still no access from Hwy 1 from the north down to the Silver Peak Wilderness due to a massive landslide.
Upper Oso Campground Open to Visitor Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. 805-434-1996 or call 805-967-3481 X 0. Reservations: www.recreation.gov
Ventana Wilderness Closed to Visitor Portions of the Ventana Wilderness are temporarily closed due to the Soberanes Fire Closure Order. Closed until further notice.Contact (831) 385-5434 X 0 for more information
Vincente Flat - 4E17 Open to Visitor Hwy 1 is closed. Access only from Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd through Fort Hunter Liggett
Wheeler Gorge Campground Open to Visitor No water at Wheeler Gorge Campground.By reservation or walk-in sites. www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777 Managed by the Parks Management Company. Camphosts are on site at the campground. Campfires are allowed in fire rings.
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 Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to the Soberanes Fire Closure Order. Closed until further notice.