Lower Santa Ynez River
Oak trees, seasonal creek runs through the campground, large sites, canyon setting. 25 campsites, 13 have corrals and extra long parking spurs. Tables, firepits w/grill, barbecues, flush toilets, water, garbage bins, R/V - no hookups. Firewood available at $5.00 a bundle from campground host. River access to the Santa Ynez River along the last 6 miles of Paradise Road. Watch out for poison oak.
Reservations: www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777
Camp Cost: $20.00 per site, $5.00 for each extra vehicle. $25.00 for horse sites with pipe corrals. There are 12 horse sites. 60% of sites are reservable and others are first come, first served.
Restrictions: Green sticker and approved spark arrestor required on motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. 8 people per site, 14 day stay limit. Reservations required for equestrian sites.
Water: Drinking water.
Restrooms: Flush toilets
Operated by: Managed by Rocky Mountain Recreation Company (805) 967-8766 / www.rockymountainrec.com.
Adventure Pass: A free permit for Day Use in the Santa Ynez Recreation Area will be issued by the Concessionaire when camping in a Concession managed campground.
- Take Highway 101 to the Hy 154 turnoff.
- Continue 10 miles on Highway 154 to Paradise Road.
- Drive 5.5 miles east to Fremont Campground.
- Bear left at Lower Oso and continue 1 mile to Upper Oso.
There is a locked Forest Service gate at the north side of the camp across the Camuesa-Buckhorn Administrative Road. This road crosses the forest to the Cuyama. The Santa Cruz Trail starts I mile up the road.
The camp was established by the CCC in 1929. In Spanish "oso" means bear. One of the last grizzly bears was killed in the canyon in the early I900's.
There are 27 sites with tables and stoves, piped water, 4 flush toilets and horse corrals.