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Los Padres National Forest
6755 Hollister Ave., Suite 150
Goleta, CA 93117
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Los Padres National Forest encompasses nearly two million acres in the beautiful coastal mountains of central California. It stretches almost 220 miles from the Carmel Valley area to the western edge of Los Angeles County. Los Padres is one of the 18 National Forests in California.

There are a number of campgrounds with varying facilities and locations within a half hour of downtown Santa Barbara.  For the most part they are on the other side of the foothills in the Santa Ynez valley.  This means they tend to be warmer and drier than the coastal region of Santa Barbara.  Translation - there are greater fire restrictions.  However, the flipside is more privacy and less congestion.

For a complete listing of their camping, hiking and other amenities, go to their site.