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Bates Canyon Campground South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Car Campground - No Reservations, first-come, first-serve walk-in campground
  • Topo Map Link: Bates Canyon
  • Elevation: 2700 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.9080098
  • Latitude: 34.95480609
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Car Campground - No Reservations, Walk In

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
07-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorDry
08-25-2016Jack Owen, JrDry
08-11-2016Jack Owen, JrDry


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 southwest.

Survey Photos:

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 07-03-2017
    Snake tracks

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 07-03-2017

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 07-03-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Bates Canyon Campground Survey - 07-03-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Bates Canyon Campground
Date: 07-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Few snake 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Dry, Sunny. 100F/65F

Snake tracks

Bates Canyon Campground Survey - 08-25-2016 - by Jack Owen, Jr
Link: Bates Canyon Campground
Date: 08-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Jack Owen, Jr
Camp Description:Bates Canyon Road is repaired and now open from the campground up to Sierra Madre Road.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Bates Canyon Campground Survey - 08-11-2016 - by Jack Owen, Jr
Link: Bates Canyon Campground
Date: 08-11-2016
Surveyor Name:Jack Owen, Jr
Camp Description:The campground is open and available.  Bates Canyon Road from camp up to Sierra Madre Road is impassable and CLOSED.  It has washed out in numerous places.  You can walk the road, but no vehicle access is possible.

Forest Service personnel have told me they don't know when it will be fixed as it needs a major amount of work.  some portions of the road are completely washed away (GONE!) and it is going to be a major project.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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