In recognition of America’s military veterans, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that November 11 will be a “Fee Free” day in honor of Veterans’ Day. A National Forest Adventure Pass will not be required for visitors recreating in all areas of the Los Padres except for the Santa Barbara Ranger District’s Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where an Adventure Pass will still be required.

“In waiving the fee for Veterans’ Day, the Los Padres and all national forests acknowledge the heroism of the veterans of our Armed Forces,” said Los Padres National Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez. “This gives the public the chance to enjoy the natural treasures of our forest, and take time to reflect on the sacrifices made on our behalf by our current and former service members.”

“Fee Free” days are observed each year on National Trails Day (June 5-6), Back to School season (August 14-15), National Public Lands Day (September 25), and Veterans’ Day (November 11).

Visitors who inadvertently commit a Daily Adventure Pass this weekend can have it replaced free-of-charge. Visitors are reminded that even though the Adventure Pass fee will be waived this weekend, other fees such as campground, reservation and group site fees may still be applicable.

The “Fee Free” days are observed throughout Southern California on Los Padres, San Bernardino, Angeles, and Cleveland National Forests.

Visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go,” and to contact your local Ranger Station for more information on current conditions.

• Santa Lucia Ranger District (Santa Maria) – (805) 925-9538

• Santa Barbara Ranger District (Santa Barbara) – (805) 967-3481

• Ojai Ranger District (Ojai) – (805) 646-4348

• Mt. Pinos Ranger District (Frazier Park) – (661) 245-3731

• Monterey Ranger District (King City) – (831) 385-5434


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