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Forest Order - Special Closure - Public Health and Safety

Forest order 05-07-00-24-01 is in effect January 27, 2024 through August 31, 2024

Forest Closure Order 05-07-00-24-01

Open and closed areas, roads, trails, campgrounds, day use areas, and OHV riding areas by ranger district

Fire Restrictions lifted forest-wide except for the Santa Barbara front country (Forest Order 5-07-54-22-04)

December 20, 2023

The recent rainfall across Los Padres National Forest has provided sufficient moisture to reduce fire restrictions on the forest effective immediately.

Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of the Forest. A California Campfire Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from Readyforwildfire.org. A list of Campfire Use Sites is available at all Forest offices and on the Los Padres website.

Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of five feet in all directions; have a shovel available for preparing and extinguishing the fire; have a responsible person in attendance at all times; and extinguish the fire with water, using the “drown, stir and feel” method.

The following restrictions will remain in effect:

  • Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment.
  •  A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives.
  • Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times.
  • Fireworks are always prohibited in Los Padres National Forest.
  • Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for the Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club that operate under special use permits.
  • Campfires are always prohibited on National Forest System lands in the Santa Barbara Front Country from Gaviota to the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line.

Visitors are encouraged to call the Forest Supervisor’s Office or the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Target Shooting

Target shooting is currently prohibited in Los Padres National Forest. 

Firearms Prohibition Forest Order: Effective February 15, 2023 through December 31, 2024

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alder Creek Trail - 20W11 Open Open Dough Flat Rd is open to a locked gate three miles from the trailhead. Park near the locked gate
Aliso Canyon Trail Unreachable Unreachable The Sagehill gate is locked for the winter season, so there is currently no access to the Aliso Trail. Check with the SB Ranger District for updates (805) 724-0079
Aliso Park Campground Open Open
Arroyo Seco Campground Closed Closed
Arroyo Seco Trailhead Closed Closed
Ballinger Campground Open Open
Ballinger Canyon OHV Day Use Riding Area Open Open
Buckhorn Road Closed Closed
Catway Day Use Closed Closed Closed due to wet weather
Cerro Alto Campground Open Open
China Camp Campground Closed Closed Tassajara Rd is closed by Monterey County due to hazardous conditions and storm damage
Chorro Grande - 23W05 Open Open
Cold Springs Trails - West Fork Open Open
Cold Springs Trial - East Fork Open Open
Davy Brown Campground Open Open
Divide Peak OHV Trailhead Open Open
Dough Flat Trailhead - Alder Creek Trail Open Open Dough Flat Rd is open to a locked gate three miles down from the trailhead. Park near the gate
Figueroa Campground Open Open
First Crossing Day Use Picnic Area Open Open
Frazier Mountain Trailhead - 20W03 Closed Closed Closed for the winter season
Fremont Campground Closed Closed Closed for the winter season. Will reopen in March or April 2024
Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca (Reyes Creek TH) Open Open Open. Park at the trailhead located in the back of the Reyes Creek Campground
Hi Mountain Campground Closed Closed Hi Mtn Road is temporarily closed by SLO County and the FS - no access to Hi Mtn CG at this time
Jesusita Trail Open Open
Kirk Creek Campground Closed Closed Feb 6, 2024 - Closed due to storm damage
Los Prietos Campground Closed Closed
Manzana Creek to Manzana Schoolhouse WEST (Lower) Open Open
Manzana Trailhead EAST (Upper) Nira Open Open
Memorial Park Campground Open Open
Middle Lion Campground Closed Closed
Miranda Pine Campground Closed Closed Sierra Madre Rd is closed due to wet weather. No access to campground
Monterey Ranger District Office (Ranger Station) Open Open
Mt. Pinos Ranger District Office Open Open
Nacimiento Campground Closed Closed
Navajo Flat OHV Staging Area and campsites Open Open
Nineteen Oaks Camp on the Santa Cruz Trail Closed Closed Currently no access to trailhead due to the closusre of the First Crossing gate
Nira Campground Open Open
Nordhoff Ridge Road Closed Closed
North Fork Matilija - 23W07 Closed Closed
Paradise Campground Open Open
Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Closed Closed 1/31/2024 - Temporarily closed due to high water levels on Sycamore Cyn Rd from recent storm
Piedra Blanca Trailhead (Rose Valley Area) Ojai Open Open
Pine Mountain Campground Closed Closed Closed 12/15/23 for the winter season. Will re-opoen in early in May 2024
Pine Ridge Trail from China Camp Open Open The Pine Ridge trail is inaccessible from China Camp TH due to the Tassajara Rd Closure by Monterey County
Pine Ridge Trailhead from Big Sur Open Open The Pine Ridge Trail from the Big Sur Station parking lot is open
Plaskett Creek Campground Open Open
Ponderosa Campground Closed Closed
Potrero John - 23W06 Open Open
Pozo - La Panza OHV Area Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed As of 3/1/24 - Pozo OHV Area trails are temporarily closed due to wet weather
Red Rock Closed Closed River Rd is closed due to wet weather and high water crossings - no access to Red Rock
Red Rock Trailhead Closed Closed River Rd is closed due to wet weather and high water crossings - no access to Red Rock
Reyes Creek Campground Open Open
Rockfront OHV Area Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed As of March 1, 2024 - Temporarily closed due to wet weather
Romero Canyon trail Open Open Frontside of Romero Canyon Trail is closed. Backside portion of trail is open
Rose Valley Campground Open Open Open
Rose Valley Falls Trail Open Open Trail is open. Park outside of the Rose Valley Campground
Sage Hill Group Campground Closed Closed Closed for the winter season. Will re-open in March or April 2024
Salmon Creek Trail Open Open
San Ysidro Trail Open Open San Ysidro Trail is open to where the single track trail begins. The single track trail is closed
Sand Dollar Beach Day Use Open Open Trail to the beach is closed due to storm damage
Santa Barbara Ranger District Open Open
Santa Barbara Ranger District Office (Los Prietos) Open Open
Santa Cruz Trail - Upper Oso Trailhead Closed Closed No access due to the closure of the First Crossing gate
Santa Lucia Ranger District Office(Ranger Station) Open Open
Santa Paula Canyon (Last Chance) - 21W11 / 21W09 Open Open
Supervisor's Office in Solvang (Headquarters) Open Open
Tunnel Trail Open Open The frontside of Tunnel Trail is open. The backside is closed
Turkey Flat OHV Campground/Staging Area/Trailhead Open Open
Upper Oso Campground Closed Closed
Upper OsoTrailhead Closed Closed
Vicente Flat Trail Open Open
West Camino Cielo Rd - Santa Barbara RD Closed Closed Closed for the winter season. Will re-open in March or April 2024
Wheeler Gorge Campground Open Open
Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open Open Open Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm
White Oaks Campground Closed Closed Tassajara Rd is closed by Monterey County
Zaca Ridge Rd/Catway Rd - 8N02 Closed Closed