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Outdoors Features

In depth stories about places to go, things to see and what to know. Focusing on the Santa Barbara area but featuring the western states.

Los Padres Back Under Level III Fire-Use Restrictions

Increasing dry vegetation leads to change in Los Padres fire-use policies. Read story.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Tree Down at Douglas Preserve

Last night's winds destroy fir overlooking Hendry's Beach. Read story.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Trails Council Presentation Features the CA Coastal Trail

Join the Trails Council on Wednesday October 24th from 7pm to 8:30pm for a presentation on the Gaviota Coast section of the California Coast Trail. Read story.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Eastern Sierra Adventure

Santa Babarans have the opportunity to visit the American Bristlecone Forest as part of the Botanic Garden's natural history adventure. Read story.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blue & Green 2012

Check out our annual ode to the great outdoors, with stories on hiking, beaching, animal tracking, and more. Read story.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

What Five Days and 30 Miles in Santa Barbara’s Backcountry Teaches You

A backpacking adventure along Los Padres’ Gene Marshall-Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail. Read story.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Guide to the Los Padres National Forest

Talking to Craig Carey, author of “Hiking & Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura,” a new guide to the southern Los Padres. Read story.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Arroyo Toad No Longer Endangered?

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service suggests the species, which calls the Los Padres home, be shifted to “threatened.” Read story.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Yarn Bomb About to Explode in the Mountains

If a Yarn Bomb explodes in the forest and no one Is around to see it, is it Still Art? Read story.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Future of Los Padres Roads

There's a series of public meetings being held next week to update the forest management plan. Read story.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nineteen Oaks and Hidden Potrero Camp via Camuesa Connector Trail

A moderate hike of 8.1 mostly ascending miles, and a short bike-shuttle. Read story.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Much Love for More Mesa

A May 20 fundraiser for the open space's coalition brings together neighbors and nature lovers. Read story.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Otter Activists Fear Gallegly Proposal

They say that, under guise of helping military, the bill would block protections for the species south of Point Conception. Read story.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

El Capitan Canyon Hosts Trails Council BBQ This Sunday

Trails Council BBQ features trail activities, great food and live music with Kalinka. Read story.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trailblazing Gaviota the Slow Way

Planning committee grinding out details of public trail access. Read story.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Dirty Knobs

The Dirty Knobs and The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain ... Read More