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Saturday Will Be “Free Day” In Padres National Forest

National Trails Day, forest will offer free Adventure Pass.
In honor of National Trails Day, June 7, the Adventure Pass will not be required for visitors recreating in LosPadresNational Forest.  There is one exception:  the Adventure Pass will be required in the concessionaire-operated Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District.  Other fees are still required, such as those in campgrounds, reservation and group sites.  Exceptions will be posted onsite. Visitors who accidentally use their DailyAdventure Pass on June 7 may have it replaced free-of-charge at any southern California office of the Forest Service. 


The Adventure Pass normally is required for day use activities in Los Padres National Forest’s seven “high impact recreation areas” including Rose Valley, Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, Figueroa Mountain, Pozo-La Panza, Goldhill, Ballinger and Mt. Pinos (snow season only).  The Adventure Pass also is required at 35 campgrounds in the forest, most of which are within the above recreation areas.  The Adventure Pass is not currently required on the Monterey Ranger District. 


National Trails Day is dedicated to the many volunteers, partners and agency employees across America who maintain the trail systems on our public lands including Los Padres National Forest.  It is one of three annual “fee free days” on the southern California National Forests where the Adventure Pass is required:  Angeles, Cleveland, San Bernardino and Los Padres.  Other free days include National Public Lands Day in September and Veterans Day in November. 


For additional information about the recreation fee program in the southern California national forests, check the Adventure Pass website at or contact your local Forest Service office:


Los Padres National Forest Supervisor’s Office                     805-968-6640

Monterey Ranger District                                                         831-385-5434

Santa Lucia Ranger District                                                     805-925-9538

Santa Barbara Ranger District                                                 805-967-3481

Ojai Ranger District                                                                  805-646-4348

Mt. Pinos Ranger District                                                          661-245-3731


For additional information about Los Padres National Forest, you can visit:

Saturday Will Be “Free Day” In Padres National Forest

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