|Los Padres National Forest encompasses approximately 1.75 million acres of central California's scenic Coast and Transverse Ranges. The forest stretches across almost 220 miles from north to south and consists of two separate land divisions. The northern division is within Monterey County and northern San Luis Obispo County and includes the beautiful Big Sur Coast and scenic interior areas. The "main division" of the forest includes lands within San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties.
The headquarters, or Forest Supervisor's Office, for Los Padres National Forest is located in the city of Goleta, in Santa Barbara County. The forest is divided into five administrative units called "ranger districts" with district offices as follows: Monterey Ranger District (King City), Santa Lucia Ranger District (Santa Maria), Santa Barbara Ranger District (Los Prietos area), Ojai Ranger District (Ojai) and Mount Pinos Ranger District (Frazier Park.)
The Interagency Pass is one of several pass options that allows you to gain access to many of standard amenity recreation sites managed by the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the DOI Bureau of Land Management, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Click here for more information about the Interagency Pass.
|The Southern California Adventure Pass, allows visitors to the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino National Forests to access the forests for a full calendar year without the separate purchase of daily passes. This option is perfect for those individuals who plan on visiting these National Forests more than just a few times a year. Annual passes are not valid for camping in developed campgrounds.|
With a Southern California Adventure Day Pass, visitors can access the Southern California National Forests on a single day. Day passes can work well for those individuals who only plan on visiting the National Forests in Southern California a few times a year.