Planning a Trip to the Ventana Area

The Big Sur coast has been described as “the greatest meeting of mountains and sea.” The mountains that create the Big Sur Coast—the northern Santa Lucia Mountains—are much less famous than the coast, yet this primal backcountry harbors beauty and mystery that matches its better-known Big Sur Coast. Most of the northern Santa Lucia range is public land with the largest portion, over 325,000 acres, contained within the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest. More than 285,000 acres of the District are contained in the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas. We call this backcountry the Ventana Region.

Please follow this link to download the REQUIRED campfire/stove permit for the Los Padres National Forest. They are valid until the end of the calendar year, December 31st, 2012. Also please note that during fire restriction times, NO campfires are allowed, even with a permit. This is typically from late May until the first major rains of the year. For more information please contact the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434. 

See our Trip Suggestions section to help you plan your visit to the Ventana back country.

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