Los Prietos Campground



Los Prietos Campground is situated in the Los Padres National Forest and provides access to a variety of outdoor adventures, including water-related recreation and hiking. The family-friendly campground is green and lush and is a great place to camp in the mountains of western California.

Natural Features:

The campground is nestled on the side of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Beautiful, mature oak trees provide ample shade, and abundant vegetation blankets the ground. The sites are roomy and allow for some privacy and separation.


The Santa Ynez River is popular for a variety of water-related recreation. The river can be accessed at White Rock Day Use Area, less than a half-mile from the campground.

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is no-body-contact reservoir about 10 miles northwest of the campground. It offers boating, fishing and kayaking. Anglers will find an abundance of annually stocked trout. Carp and bass are also common catches.

Visitors enjoy a variety of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. The Aliso National Recreation Trail is a popular, 2.5-mile loop that begins near the campground. Also nearby is the 18-mile Santa Cruz Trail, which provides access to a variety of other trails in the area.

The Camuesa OHV Route and its connecting trails are available within 10 miles of the campground.


The campground offers dozens of single-family sites for tent or RV camping. No utility hookups are available at the campground.

Each site is equipped with a table, campfire ring with grill and a pedestal grill. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Trash collection bins are available throughout the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is located 19 miles from Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Tables
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Fishing
  • General Store
  • Group Sites
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • Fire restrictions (on all campfires and charcoal fires) may be imposed at any time, due to hot, dry weather conditions; for current fire conditions and weather closures, contact the campground manager by calling (805) 967-8766
  • Poison oak is abundant in the area; use caution
  • Additional fees will be collected for extra vehicles at the campground
  • Click here for more information on the Los Padres National Forest
  • Don’t Move Firewood: Protect California’s forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.54167, -119.80917
34°32’30″N, 119°48’33″W

From Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, turn east onto Highway 154 and continue about 11 miles. Turn onto Paradise Road and travel about 3 miles to the campground.

Los Prietos Campground (click for Google Maps Directions)

111 Paradise Rd Santa Barbara CA93105