The LPFA handles much of the public outreach for the Los Padres Forest.  This includes managing a variety of Visitor Centers across the forest.  We currently have two fully staffed Visitor Centers at Wheeler Gorge and Big Sur Station and are working on opening a third at Los Prietos Ranger Station in Santa Barbara.

Each Visitor Center has:

  • Knowledgable staff that can assist with hiking, backpacking, camping and other forest-use questions
  • Maps and guidebooks
  • Adventure Passes (where applicable)
  • Weekly interpretive events
  • Annual Open House Celebrations
  • And much MUCH more…….

Click below for more information on the Visitor Center near you……..



Wheeler Gorge (Ojai Ranger District)

17017 Maricopa Hwy
Ojai, CA
(805) 640-9060

Directions to Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center

Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail Brochure



Big Sur Station (Monterey Ranger District)

47555 Highway 1 – Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2315