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Rock Campground South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Car Campground - No Reservations, first-come, first-serve walk-in campground
  • Topo Map Link: Hildreth Peak
  • Elevation: 1530 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.56311
  • Latitude: 34.53553
  • Water Sources: No Water Available
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Car Campground - No Reservations, Walk In

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
02-03-2017Anonymous SurveyorFlowing
01-15-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing


Two Campsites Available with Limit of Two Vehicles Per Site. The Campground has oak trees and large rocks next to a creek, no pavement. Big Caliente hot springs is ½ mile away. Bring water. The campground is usually full on weekends and during deer hunting season, mid August through late September. The last 12 miles of driving to the campground is on dirt roads.

Access to Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs and the Pendola / Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area (Forest Road 5N12, 5N15, 5N16)

The road to access the Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs and the Pendola / Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area consists of more than 8 miles of adobe clay roads. Higher clearance vehicles are recommended. The dirt roads are adobe clay, which becomes dangerously slippery to drive on during wet weather. For this reason, gates within the area get closed prior to wet weather events. Please check the Los Padres Forest Web Page for updated information on these gate closures. There are no services in the Pendola Area. There are no phones, limited cell phone coverage, no potable water, no trash service, no gasoline, and limited tow service for automotive repairs. There is no camping at Big and Little Caliente Hot Springs. The Hot Springs are for Day Use Only (6am – 10pm). Camping is allowed in Campgrounds Only. There are four campgrounds available for camping – Mid Santa Ynez, Rock Camp, P-Bar Flats, and Mono Campgrounds. Mono Campground is a walk-in only campground with 3 sites available. Rock Camp is limited to two vehicles per site with 2 sites available. Mid Santa Ynez and P-Bar Flats have multiple sites and group sites that can all be accessed by vehicle. Fees for camping consist of needing a Forest Adventure Pass. Campground Amenities consist of tables, fire rings, stand-up BBQ’s, and toilets. Adventure Pass is not required for day use at the Hot Springs or Forest Trailheads. Water in the creeks vary from being extremely low to completely dry. It is recommended that visitors plan to haul their own water in for camping. The Hot Springs still has flowing water. Please check the Los Padres Forest web site for updated information of fire restrictions. All regulations are enforced!

Directions: (From Santa Barbara) Hwy 101, 8 miles N.W. on Hwy 154, 25 miles E. on East Camino Cielo to the Pendola Station, right on Big Caliente Road (5N16). The camp is 2 miles up Big Caliente Road.


Survey Photos:

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 02-03-2017

Submitted Camp Reports

Rock Campground Survey - 02-03-2017 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Rock Campground
Date: 02-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:The creek near rock camp is flowing big right now. The first hot spring at big caliente is nice and full and hot. The two other hot springs in the creek were dry but Ted spent an hour fixing the broken pipes so they should be flowing now with toasty water!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

Rock Campground Survey - 01-15-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Rock Campground
Date: 01-15-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good amount of flowing water in Caliente Creek
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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