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
8N02 Zaca Ridge Road Closed to Visitor
Aliso Trailhead Open to Visitor $10 fee to park at the Aliso Trailhead. Adventure Passes and Interagency Passes cannot be used to park
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 Closed indefinately due to Palo Colorado Road closure
Buckhorn Road Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed to vehicles due to road 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 or first-come, first-served
China Camp Campground Open to Visitor 4-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles only. By reservation or first-come, first-served. www.recreation.gov. $20/night
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 or first-come, first-served
Divide Peak OHV Trailhead Open to Visitor open
Escondido Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to wet weather/road damage - no vehicle access
Figueroa Campground Open to Visitor $20/night Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777 or first-come, first-served
Fremont Campground Open to Visitor $30/night. By reservation www.recreation.gov or first-come, first-served
Friis Campground Open to Visitor
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 Open to Visitor Adventure Pass required to camp
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 Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-served. www.recreation.gov to make reservations
Los Prietos Campground Open to Visitor $30/night. By reservation www.recreation.gov or first-come, first-served
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 Adventure Pass is required to camp at Miranda Pine Campground
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 Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-served. www.recreation.gov to make reservations
Nira Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. First-come, first-serve or by reservation: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Nordhoff Ridge Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed for the winter season. Will reopen Spring, 2019
North Fork Matilija - 23W07 Open to Visitor Contact Ojai Ranger District for trail conditions. 805-646-4348
Paradise Campground Open to Visitor $30/night. By reservation www.recreation.gov or first-come, first-served
Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Open to Visitor Open. $10/day for parking at the beach
Pine Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed for the winter season. Will reopen May 1, 2019
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. First-come, first-serve or Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Pozo - La Panza OHV Area Open to Visitor Open - contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District for more information (805) 925-9538
Red Rock Trailhead Closed to Visitor No vehicle Access. Road is temporarily closed at the First Crossing due to high water levels
Reyes Creek Campground Open to Visitor $20/night. First-come, first-serve or by reservation 1-877-444-6777
Reyes Peak Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed for the winter season. Will reopen May 1, 2019
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 First-come, first serve or by reservation: www.recreation.gov $20/night
Sage Hill Campground Open to Visitor Group campground by reservation only. www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Sand Dollar Beach Day Use Open to Visitor $10 day use fee
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 when the road is open to Upper Oso Trailhead. Currently the road is closed
Sespe River Trail Open to Visitor Adventure Pass is required to park at Piedra Blanca Trailhead
Toad Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Tunnel Trail Open to Visitor
Turkey Flat OHV Trailheal and Campground Open to Visitor By reservation or first-come, first-served. www.recreation.gov to make reservations
Upper Oso Campground Closed to Visitor No vehicle Access. Road is temporarily closed at the First Crossing due to high water levels
Upper OsoTrailhead Closed to Visitor No vehicle Access. Road is temporarily closed at the First Crossing due to high water levels. 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
Vincente Flat Trail Open to Visitor
West Camino Cielo Rd - Santa Barbara RD Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed. Contact the Santa Barbara Ranger District office at 805-967-3481 X 0
Wheeler Gorge Campground Open to Visitor $25/night. By reservations through www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777 or first-come, first-served. 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/
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