Sage Hill Group Campground



Nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountain Range, Sage Hill Campground is a great group camping spot with easy access to the Santa Ynez River. Spend time fishing or take in the epic scenery on one of the trails designed for both hikers and horseback riders.

One of the campsites is designed for group equestrian camping and includes 12 corrals and a hitching post.

Natural Features:

The campground sits in a flat area with some sites shaded by oak trees. Sage Hill is near the river, which flows into Cachuma Lake about seven miles west. The Santa Ynez Mountains make up part of the Transverse Range along the Pacific Coast of California.

The landscape may become very dry by mid-summer.


Fishermen are likely to find carp, catfish, bluegill and the occasional bass that swim up from Cachuma. The Aliso Canyon Trail begins at the rear of the facility and continues to Upper Oso Campground, which is where the Santa Cruz Trail begins.

The nearby Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is perfect for boating, fishing, and kayaking.


Each campsite accommodates up to 50 people, and the group equestrian site accommodates up to 60.

Flush toilets, drinking water, and paved roads are included, in addition to an extra large parking area to accommodate horse trailers.

The closest dump station is at Cachuma Lake.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is half an hour from the thriving beach city of Santa Barbara.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Horse Corrals
  • Picnic Area
  • Recycling
  • Self-Pay Station
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Day Use Area
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • All visitors must ford the river to reach the campground
  • Heavy rains can make river impassible; as a result, campground may be subject to short-term closure; call 805-967-8766 for updates
  • Be cautious of snakes in the area
  • Limit 10 vehicles per site; a $10 nightly fee is charged for additional vehicles
  • No swimming in Cachuma Lake; lake is designed for drinking water and body contact is not allowed
  • A boating fee is charged for entrance to lake
  • No live music or sound systems
  • Vehicles must park on pavement
  • For more information on Los Padres National Forest, click here
  • 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

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.53917, -119.79111
34°32’21″N, 119°47’28″W

From highway 101, take highway 154 approximately 15 miles to paradise road. Turn right and continue 5 miles to Los Prietos road. Turn left past the ranger station to the camp entrance.


Sage Hill Campground (click for Google Maps Directions)

177 Paradise Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105