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Rancho Nuevo Campground South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Car Campground - No Reservations, first-come, first-serve walk-in campground
  • Topo Map Link: Rancho Nuevo Creek
  • Elevation: 3500 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Ojai Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.3978207
  • Latitude: 34.69515192
  • Water Sources: Rancho Nuevo Creek flows year round next to the camp BUT the water can be pretty stanky. We suggest bringing in your own water since it is a car-campground.
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Car Campground - No Reservations, Walk In

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
01-06-2018Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
11-22-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
11-16-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle


Located off the Highway 33 near the Highway 166 junction at the end of Forest Service Road 7N04A, Rancho Nuevo Campground has three designated campsites which consist of fire rings and space to park.  The campsites were renovated in fall 2017.  "Rancho Nuevo" means "new camp" or "new ranch" in Spanish. This camp was so named because at one time the land here became the "new ranch" for part of the Reyes family whose home place was near Ozena on the upper Cuyama River.

Rancho Nuevo is managed by the Forest Service and does require an Adventure Pass in order to camp.  The camp is not very popular but does see a lot of use during hunting season.

The Rancho Nuevo Trail starts at the campground making this campground a more popular parking area than an actual campground.  Check it out, sure is a beautiful place to camp and study the nearby cliff faces and canyon walls.


Survey Photos:

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-16-2016

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-22-2017
    Campsite #2, closed to the trailhead. PLEASE DON"T DESTROY THE CAMP.

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-22-2017
    The camp sign, no bullet holes, yet. Utah'esque cliffs in the background.

Submitted Camp Reports

Rancho Nuevo Campground Survey - 01-06-2018 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Rancho Nuevo Campground
Date: 01-06-2018
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:This place is nice and the road is in good condition. Gate is open as of yesterday.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Full flow and can be filtered with easily.
Weather Conditions:
Rancho Nuevo Campground Survey - 11-22-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Rancho Nuevo Campground
Date: 11-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:MPRD installed new signs and 3 designated campsites with fire rings and numbered campsites (1-3).  Camp is looking better than it has in a long long time.  Enjoy!
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Normal unattractive water at Rancho Nuevo Camp filled with tamarisk.
Weather Conditions:

Campsite #2, closed to the trailhead. PLEASE DON"T DESTROY THE CAMP.

The camp sign, no bullet holes, yet. Utah'esque cliffs in the background.
Rancho Nuevo Campground Survey - 11-16-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Rancho Nuevo Campground
Date: 11-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Rancho Nuevo Camp was in typical RN Camp form with some trash scattered around, not a whole lot of amenities, beautiful scenery and as much solitude as you'd hope for from a designated car-camping campground.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Some water flowing at camp but not very appetizing. Bring your own!
Weather Conditions:Chilly - freezing until the sun came up.

Rancho Nuevo Campground Survey - 03-26-2016 - by Geoff
Link: Rancho Nuevo Campground
Date: 03-26-2016
Surveyor Name:Geoff
Camp Description:

I did not stay here. I only passed through this site. This campground may be closed permanently. However, there are no signs or any information regarding its closure. At least, none that I saw. The only sign I noted was a direction and distance sign to the campground on Hwy 33.

There was a very large family camping at the Rancho Nuevo campground/trailhead. There are no restroom facilities at the site. The family had been walking down the start of the Rancho Nuevo trail and openly defecating. There was unburied shit and toilet paper all over the place. There is a little less shit now, because a hiker’s dog who enjoys a shitty treat gulped a bunch of it down.

If the campground is closed, then there should probably be a no camping sign installed at the site. Also, the sign on Hwy 33 should indicate that the campground is closed. If the campground is open, then there should probably be a pit toilet or other restroom facility installed to help prevent people from shitting all over the place.


Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Shallow pools in the creek near the camp.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, Warm.
Rancho Nuevo Campground Survey - 11-22-2015 - by Chester
Link: Rancho Nuevo Campground
Date: 11-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Chester
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Large pools of water in the creek near the camp
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Sunday, January 7, 2018

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