Escape for a weekend camp close to Ventura, California. This is an easy access with free spots available equals relaxation.

Close to Ventura and Ojai, California, this spot is an easy weekend getaway from the hectic coast of Ventura. Follow Highway 33 east toward Ojai. This road will lead into the Los Padres National Forest and become very curved and sleep as it gets closer to Rose Valley. The sign for the Park with be on the righthand side. Follow this until you come to the camping area on the right. There are a handful of pull-up spots in the area, which is usually crowded and full in the summer time.

If you want to escape the full sites and want to camp for free, follow the road another mile until to reach a parking lot. Park here, and find the trail at the back left of the parking lot. Hike down to the shoreside site, free of people and completely quiet. You can set up your tent right on the water and have a campfire in the sand to kick back and relax.

For more information, check out the Forest Service website.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Lantern
  • Headlamp
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Firewood
  • Water
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
River
Scenic

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Cali Trees

Oh hi there! Los Padres national park has a lot to offer and this is the heart of the attraction. Make sure to grab a nice shady spot under some trees for a comfortable campsite. They are limited. You ready for a wonderful waterfall? There's one nearby that's kid friendly and quite refreshing. You can even climb IN and UNDER the waterfall in a pitch black cave barely big enough for one adventurous being. Enjoy!


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