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Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
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Drinking Water
About Los Prietos

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.


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.

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.

Nearby Attractions

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

ADA Access: N

National Forest
Drive In
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Los Prietos is located in California
34.5417 N
-119.8092 W
Get Directions
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.
3 Reviews of Los Prietos
It was fine.

We only stayed a quick overnight on our way up the coast. The sites are close together, so you see and hear everything going on in the campsites next to you. It’s fine for car camping because you can drive right up to your sight. Bathrooms have flush toilets and are close.

Nice Weekend Getaway

A nice gem not far from Burbank when you're itching for a weekend getaway. Our camp host was extremely nice and came around with dog treats for every single dog there so they all loved her. Water spouts vlose to each site and bathrooms surprisingly super nice. The real treat is how close the campground is to Cold Springs Tavern that is clearly the hot spot in the area.

First to Review
A beautiful place to camp near Santa Barbara

This site is in the Los Padres National Forest and is managed by a third party and not the USFS.

It is a clean and quiet site with lots of shade provided by huge oak trees.

Each site has a table, bbq, and fire pit. There is running water. There are flushing toilets.

each site is allowed one car, but there is parking right outside the site along the road.

The site is near many trails and about 6 miles from the red rock day use area.

It was 20.00 a night to stay. You can make reservations online but there is a 10.00 charge to do so.

Dogs are allowed must be on leash.