Campgrounds near Ojai, California

Campgrounds near Ojai, California
Located 15 miles inland from the Pacific Coast and surrounded by mountains, Ojai, California, draws campers seeking to explore the valley and the Los Padres National Forest, which borders the town on the north. Many backcountry hiking and backpacking trail heads within the forest are accessible from Highway 33, which runs north-south through town. Matilija Creek is a popular area on a hot summer day to soak under waterfalls or backpack to several hot springs.

Wheeler Gorge Campground-Los Padres National Forest

Open year round, Wheeler Gorge Campground was originally built by the Boy Scouts in the early 1900's. This campground offers interpretive programs on Saturday evenings (April through September) within the historic stone house located at the entrance of the campground. Campers staying during the winter months may schedule special tours of the grounds and house. All 61 campsites include a fire ring and cooking grill and feature panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Ten of the sites are reserved for tent camping only. Hiking enthusiasts may catch the Wheel Gorge Trail, a self-guided interpretive loop that traverses both chaparral and riparian ecology zones. Additional campground amenities include vault toilets and potable water.

Los Padres National Forest
Wheeler Gorge Campground
Ojai Ranger Station
1190 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93023-3013
(805) 646-4348
fs.usda.gov

Rose Valley Campground-Los Padres National Forest

Just minutes from the noteworthy Rose Valley Falls hike, the nine-site Rose Valley campground offers hikers an ideal base for exploring the Sespe Wilderness. The campsites are accessible for tent or trailer camping; each site contains a fire ring and cooking grill. Although the campground is open year round. all sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Rose Valley Campground does not offer potable water, but vault toilets are located on-site.

Los Padres National Forest -- Rose Valley Campground
Ojai Ranger Station
1190 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93023-3013
(805) 646-4348
fs.usda.gov

Reyes Creek Campground-Ojai Ranger District

Reyes Creek Campground is open year round and offers campers the chance to fall asleep to the sound of a murmuring creek. Scrub oak, manzanita, pinyon pine, cottonwood and live oak make the campground well-shaded and provide ample privacy between campsites. Located at 4,000 feet in elevation, the campground is a popular destination for campers escaping the warmer temperatures in the valley and other area campsites. Reyes Creek offers fishing of rainbow trout. The Deal Trail is a good hiking trail in the vicinity of Reyes Creek Campground as is the Ortega Trail. Featuring 30 campsites, the campground offers vault toilets and grills but no potable water.

Ojai Ranger District
Reyes Creek Campground
Ojai Ranger Station
1190 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93023-3013
(805) 646-4348
fs.usda.gov

Article Written By Patricia Poulin

Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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