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Santa Lucia Ranger District Car Campgrounds

Trail Camps in the Santa Lucia Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest


A total of 16 Santa Lucia Car Campgrounds are currently available. ×
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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:…
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…
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.…
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