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Aliso Campground South Los Padres
2800 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Aliso Car Campground is located near New Cuyama on the paved Aliso Park Road. The camp has 2 pit toilets, picnic tables and water is available.…
Alms Ridge Campground North Los Padres
1900 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Alms Ridge is one of the camps along the Coast Ridge Road, This camp is shaded by a mix of trees and is located on the top of the ridge looking over the Pacific Ocean. Access from Los Burros Road (23S01) sometimes called Willow Creek Road off of Highway 1
American Canyon Campground South Los Padres
3200 ft. • San Luis Obispo County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
American Canyon Seasonal Campground is an oak shaded campground offering 14 campsites; there is paved road access and 2 pit toilets. Recreational activities include hunting, horseback riding and trail head to Marchesna Mountain Wilderness. There is a fee charged at this campground. The American Canyon…
Arroyo Seco Campground North Los Padres
900 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Overview Arroyo Seco Campground is a semi-rustic, but developed facility in California's westernmost national forest. It offers a great escape from bustling city life, into the mountain air and provides access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Natural…
Baja Campground South Los Padres
1500 ft. • San Luis Obispo County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
This is a primative campground and does not offer the noramal facilities that a standard campground has available such as drinking water, sinks, flush toilets. One site provides campers with table, barbecue / fire ring and pit toilet. Number of Sites: 1 Campsite From Santa…
Ballinger Campground South Los Padres
3000 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Ballinger campround is located at the end of Ballinger Canyon Road of Highway 33 and is a popular OHV campground, this area has numerous OHV trails. The camp has picnic tables, vault toilets and no water availble. Restrictions: Spark arrestors and Off-highway…
Bates Canyon Campground South Los Padres
2700 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
Bates Canyon is car campground located close to Santa Maria off the Highway 166, The campground has 6 tent sites that are nestled in a grove of large oaks and sycamores. Directions: From Santa Maria: Hwy 166 50 miles east, Cottonwood Cyn. Rd. 7.5 miles…
Bottochers Gap Campground North Los Padres
2200 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Bottcher's Gap Camp is located at the end of Palo Colorado Rd at the Skinner Ridge Trail (1E04) trailhead just outside the Ventana Wilderness.  This is the Northern Terminus of the Condor Trail.  Bottcher's Gap is a typical Los Padres developed car-campground…
Brookshire Campground South Los Padres
1500 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
Brookshire campround in the Los Padres National Forest can accommodate trailers up to 16 feet long. From Santa Maria: Highway 166 to Sierra Madre Road. Sierra Madre Road to Miranda Pines Road. Take Miranda Pines Road to Forest Road #11N04 and make a right into Brookshire Campground.
Caballo Campground South Los Padres
5850 ft. • Kern County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Pinon Pine covered Caballo Campground is located about a half mile north of Noroeste Road along Quatal Canyon Road (9N27).  9N27 is an unimproved road which can be difficult for some vehicles.  Caballo is Spanish for horse and…
Cachuma Campground South Los Padres
2200 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Car Campground
Cachuma Campground is closed permanently.
Campo Alto Campground South Los Padres
8250 ft. • Kern County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Campo Alto is a car campground located at the top of Cerro Noroeste in the Mt. Pinos region of the Los Padres National Forest.  Located at 8.250ft, the campground is shaded by a thick blanket of Jeffrey pine and offers great views of the Los Padres and surrounding areas. Campo Alto supports…
Cerro Alto Campground South Los Padres
2,620 ft. • San Luis Obispo County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
The campground sits at 1,000′ above sea level in a verdant canyon pass astride a semiannual creek. Cerro Alto Peak (2,624′) is the destination of Hikers, Bikers and Equestrians with its 360° view encompassing the Central California Coast and Inland Valley. The campground has 22 units, 12 of…
Chalk Peak Campground North Los Padres
3,000 ft ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Chalk peak car campground is located above Highway 1 off Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd out the unpaved South Coast Ridge Road.  The campground is just off the road on the north side.  There are not great views from camp but there are great views nearby.  Chalk Peak is accessible by high clearance vehicles…
Cherry Creek Campground South Los Padres
5200 ft. • Kern County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Located above Cuddy Valley near Frazier Park in the Mt. Pinos Area, this is a car camp located at the end of Chery Creek Road (20W20) which should only be used by four wheel drive capable vehicles.
China Camp Campground North Los Padres
4300 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Located next to the Pine Ridge Trail (3E06) No reservations. First-come, First-serve only. 9 campsites. Directions: From Highway 101 north, exit at Arroyo Seco road near the city of Greenfield…
Chuchupate Campground South Los Padres
6200 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
The Chumash name for California rock parsnip or celery weed (Lamatium Caliifornicum) in the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. This yellow flowered plant, with an edible thickened tap root provided a source of food during the winter season. The site was originally a local picnic…
Chula Vista Campground South Los Padres
8200 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Located at the end of the Mt. Pinos Highway. This campground is not exactly a car camp, you can park close but you have to walk your gear over to the camping area. The campground has many sites and tables, this area can have snow on the ground until May, depending on the year. Be aware, many people…
Cold Springs Campground North Los Padres
3200 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Is a small car camp at the start of the Big Sur Trail (3E07)on the border of the Ventana Wilderness.
Colson Campground South Los Padres
2000 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
10 sites for tent camping Directions: From Santa Maria: Betteravia R. 7 miles east, Mesa Rd. 4.5 miles east, Tepusquet Canyon. Rd. 4.5 miles north, Colson Cyn. Rd. 4.2 miles.
Cottonwood Campground South Los Padres
4600 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Near Frazier Park via the Lockwood - Ozena Road (9N03) and Lockwood Creek Road (8N12). Four wheel drive camp.
Davy Brown Campground South Los Padres
2100 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
Cradled in the beautiful Sunset Valley of Los Padres National Forest, along the serene and peaceful Davy Brown Creek, sets Davy Brown Campground.  Davy Brown Campground is the home of 13 scenic and picturesque campsites. The soothing sounds of the running creek can be heard from all campsites, making…
Dome Springs Campground South Los Padres
4800 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Directions: Travel on Lockwood-Ozena Road approximately seven miles east of State Highway 33. Travel north for three miles on dirt access Forest Road 8N40.
Dutchman Campground South Los Padres
6800 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Dutchman Campground is a small car camp near Frazier park, the camp is shaded by Jeffery Pines. Dutchman Campground is located on a the Alamo Loop road (FS 7N01) which is a dirt road, and is recommend to have a high clearance vehicle. Directions: Alamo Loop road (FS7N01), approximately…
Escondido Campground South Los Padres
2200 ft. • Monterey County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
Take Highway 101 to Jolon Road, turn onto Mission Road, to Del Venture Road. Travel 12 miles to the campground. Last 3 miles is unsurfaced.
Fremont Campground South Los Padres
1038 feet ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Car Campground
Fremont campground is located off Paradise Road in Santa Barbara County.  Fremont is a car camping facility set amongst shady…
Friis Campground South Los Padres
2200 ft. • San Luis Obispo County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
A remote car camp located on the Friis Camp Road, the Fernandez Trail (15E04) passes by this camp.
Gold Hill Campground South Los Padres
4200 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
In 1889, John L. Henderson made a claim just west of his property here. In 1895 The Antelope Valley Water Company filed for a right of way for a water canal which was never built and the right of way was withdrawn in 1910. From 1910 until 1921, the Sespe Light and Power Company filed, but again…
Halfmoon Campground South Los Padres
4700 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Jeffery Pine shaded camp near creek. Dirt road to camp normally accessible by 2 wheel drive vehicle.
Hard Luck Campground South Los Padres
2800 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Near Pryamid Lake but this camp is CLOSED Indefinitely.  Directions: Exit I-5 at Smoky Bear Road, south on the East Valley Road
Hi Mountain Campground Central Los Padres
2,340' ft. • San Luis Obispo County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
Hi Mountain Campground is located along Hi Mountain about halfway between Hi Mountain Lookout and the saddle.  While the campground is setup for RVs up to 20ft, the road up to Hi Mountain is treacherous both from the AG side as well as the Pozo side.  Best to check with the Forest Service or a reputable…
Holiday Campground South Los Padres
2200 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Car Campground
The Holiday Group Campground is located off Highway 33, north of Ojai at the bottom of a heavily shaded Live Oak canyon. It is located one mile north of Wheeler Gorge campground. The campground is open year round. There is a stream nearby. The campground has 1 group…
Horseshoe Spring Campground South Los Padres
1500 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
The trailhead for Horseshoe Springs Spur OHV Trail (31W12) is located here, expect OHV vehicles and take caution while hiking Nestled in large grove of oaks. Campground provides solitude for those seeking that type of experience.
Kings Campground South Los Padres
4250 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
A small rustic car campground located outside of Hungry Valley, No water is available here, but each camp has a fire ring and table. From the Hungry Valley SVRA take Gold Hill Road (FS 18N01) approximately 5 miles, turn left on Kings Campground Road. Campground is approximately 1 mile east.
Kirk Creek Campground North Los Padres
30 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Kirk Creek Campground is an oceanside paradise, with each site overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It offers a variety of opportunities for relaxation and recreation. The campground is within walking distance of the area's largest sandy beach and is close to a variety of scenic…
La Panza Campground Central Los Padres
2200 ft. • San Luis Obispo County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
Nestled in large grove of oaks. Close proximity to off-highway vehicle opportunities and access to Machesna Mountain Wilderness. Recreational vehicles no longer than 16 feet.
Lazy Campground South Los Padres
1600 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
A car camp located at the end of La Brea Canyon Road, Lazy campround is located at the start Kerry Canyon OHV Trail. Directions:…
Los Prietos Campground South Los Padres
1000 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Car Campground
Nice shade, large oak trees, paved roads. White Rock Day Use has river access ¼ mile away. Excellent river access to the Santa Ynez River along the last 6 miles of Paradise Road. Watch out for poison oak. Firewood available for $6.00 from campground host.
Lower Piney Creek Campground North Los Padres
1125 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Located along Piney Creek Rd, which is off Carmel Valley Road, Upper Piney Creek is a car-campground just outside the Ventana Wilderness.
Marian Campground South Los Padres
6600 ft. • Kern County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
A small camp with Big Views, this camp is located on Brush Mountain in Southern California's Kern County, a little north of Ventura County. It's located a few miles west northwest of San Emigdio Mountain. The mountain is in the Los Padres National Forest.
Mc Gill Campground South Los Padres
7500 ft. • Kern County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Car campground nearly atop Mt Pinos in the Southern Los Padres National Forest.  This camp is famous for star gazing, escaping the heat in the summer and snow play in the winter.
Middle Lion Campground South Los Padres
3200 ft. • Ventura County • Ojai Ranger District • Car Campground
Middle Lion Campground is a car-camp located at the end of the Rose Valley Rd off of Hwy 33.  The camp has a handful of sites, each with a fire ring, table and nearby bathroom.  Middle Lion is set along Lion Canyon Creek, which has year round water.  It is also at the trailhead for the Lion Canyon…
Middle Santa Ynez Campground South Los Padres
1567 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Car Campground
Middle Santa Ynez Camp is located along the Romero Camuesa Rd about 75minutes outside of Santa Barbara.  The camp is just past the Caliente Creek crossing once you pass the Pendola Ranger Station.  It is a large campground with over a dozen campsites, each with table and nearby toilet.  The Romero…
Miguel Campground North Los Padres
2700 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Small camp located off the South Coast Ridge Rd just outside the Silver Peak Wilderness.  The road down to the camp is a difficult road and may require 4WD.
Miranda Pine Campground South Los Padres
4045 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
Miranda Pine Camp is set atop Miranda Pine Mountain (imagine that?) along the far western flank of the Sierra Madre Mountains.  The camp has incredible views up-canyon along the Cuyama Valley and across-canyon to the Caliente…
Mt Pinos Campground South Los Padres
7800 ft. • Ventura County • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Car Campground
Numerous rare and some endangered species are confined to a small area at the top of Mt. Pinos. The area was set aside to protect these unusual plants. Pinis Flexilis Limber Pine grows in a small area at the top of the mountain. Among the pines Kennedy's buckwheat, a low growing gray mat forming species…
Nacimiento Campground North Los Padres
1700 ft. • Monterey County • Monterey Ranger District • Car Campground
Located along the Ferguson-Nacimiento Road, which connects King City with the Big Sur Coast, Nacimiento Camp is set amongst oak trees, has 8 campsites and is adjacent to the Nacimieno River.  Recreational Vehicles…
Navajo Campground Central Los Padres
2200 ft. • San Luis Obispo County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
Navajo is a car campground along McGinnis Creek in San Luis Obispo County.
Nira Campground South Los Padres
2400 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Car Campground
Nira is the acronym for National Industrial Recovery Act which was a early depression program absorbed by the CCC's, The camp was originally called Manzana Camp. This camp was moved six miles up stream to its new location.Located on Manzana Creek just up stream from the mouth of Davy Brown Creek.…
P-Bar Flats Campground South Los Padres
1800 ft. • Santa Barbara County • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Car Campground
EFFECTIVE APRIL 16, 2016 P-BAR CAMPGROUND IS CLOSED DUE TO HAZARD TREES IN AND AROUND THE CAMPGROUND.  FOR MORE INFORMATION CHECK WITH THE SANTA BARBARA RANGER DISTRICT.
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