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Upper Oso Campground
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10-14 Paradise Road
Santa Barbara, California   93105
(lat:34.5547 lon:-119.7694) map location

Phone: 805-434-1996
Upper Oso Campground provides ample opportunity for exploration of California's coastal mountains. It is a family-friendly campground, equipped with equestrian sites, and is close to a variety of trails and several mountain streams.The campground is open year-round and offers around two dozen sites tent or RV camping. About 10 sites are outfitted with horse corrals and extra long, paved parking spurs. Some additional sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each site is equipped with a table, campfire ring with grill and a pedestal grill. Accessible flush toilets and drinking water are provided throughout the campground. Firewood is available for purchase from the on-site campground host.The campground is located in the lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, not far from Santa Barbara. The campground has large sites scattered among plentiful oak trees that provide pleasant shade. It is situated alongside a seasonal creek, at an elevation of 1,040 feet.The campground is located about 25 miles north of the city of Santa Barbara.A variety of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails begin in and around the campground, including the Santa Cruz Trail, which traverses 18 miles north to the San Rafael Wilderness. The 2.5-mile Aliso National Recreation Trail leads through scenic areas to a group campsite.

Off-road vehicle enthusiasts enjoy the Camuesa OHV Route, which loops about 10 miles through the surrounding forest.

Fishing and swimming are available at nearby White Rock Day-Use Area, less than two miles from the campground. The Santa Ynez River is stocked with trout in the springtime.

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, a no-body-contact reservoir, is 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 there.
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1. Tent Camping: There are 22 single-family campsites available at Upper Oso campground suitable for tent camping.

2. RV and Trailer Camping: The campsite also accommodates trailers up to 24 feet and motorhomes up to 30 feet long with no hookups provided.

3. Group Sites: For larger parties or family gatherings, there is one group site that can accommodate between nine and fifty people.

4. Equestrian Camping: This campground has equestrian facilities including corrals making it an ideal spot if you wish to bring your horse along on your trip.

5. Hiking/Backpacking Options Nearby: While not directly within the grounds itself but nearby trails like Arroyo Burro Trail offer backpacking opportunities where hikers could set:up their tents overnight (please check local regulations).

6. Dispersed / Primitive Camping: Outside designated areas may be used as well depending on forest service rules & availability.

Upper Oso Campground is located near Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara

1. Upper Oso to Little Pine Mountain Trail: This trail is approximately 11 miles long and offers a challenging hike with an elevation gain of about 2,800 feet. It winds through dense forests, open meadows, and along ridges offering panoramic views.

2. Santa Cruz Trail: Starting from the campground itself this trail stretches for around 18 miles one way leading towards Mission Pine Basin in San Rafael Wilderness Area. The first few miles are relatively flat before it starts ascending steeply into wilderness areas providing breathtaking vistas.

3. Nineteen Oaks via Buckhorn Road & Camuesa Connector Trails: A moderate difficulty level loop that extends over roughly six-mile distance starting at Lower Oso Picnic Site then heading north on Paradise road until reaching Buckhorn Road which leads up to nineteen oaks campsite; return journey involves descending down onto Camuesa connector back toward picnic site again.

4. The Aliso Loop Trail: An easy-to-moderate hiking route covering nearly two-and-a-half mile round trip trek featuring beautiful wildflowers during spring season as well as scenic river crossings throughout year-round hikes.

5. Arroyo Burro Beach County Park Hiking Trails: Located just short drive away from upper oso campground these trails offer variety ranging between sandy beach walks all way upto rugged mountainous terrains depending upon chosen path length varies but most popular ones span across three:four mile range.

6. Snyder's Trail: Approximately four:mile out-and-back type track running alongside creek bed within Los Padres National Forest region provides ample opportunities spotting local wildlife species including deer bobcats among others while also passing by several small waterfalls pools ideal cooling off hot summer days.

7. Red Rock Day Use Area And Swimming Hole: Although not exactly traditional 'hike' per se still worth mentioning due its close proximity (just seven-eight minute car ride) plus fact you can walk or scramble upstream exploring various rock formations swimming holes scattered along way.

8. Little Pine Mountain to Santa Cruz Peak: This is a strenuous 20-mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of over 4,000 feet. The trail offers stunning views from the peak and passes through diverse ecosystems.

9. Happy Hollow Campground Trail: A short but steep one mile trek that leads up to Happy Hollow campground offering beautiful vistas along the route as well as camping opportunities for overnight stays.

10. Oso Canyon Loop: An approximately five miles long loop starting at Upper Oso campground leading towards Nineteen Oaks campsite before looping back around via Camuesa connector providing varied terrain including creek crossings forested areas open meadows etc making it suitable all skill levels.

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From Santa Barbara, travel north on Highway 101. Exit onto Highway 154 and continue northwest for about 10 miles. Turn east onto Paradise Road and travel about 6 miles. Turn north onto Forest Route 5N15 and continue less than two miles to the campground.

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