Los Padres National Forest
Nira Campground is a beautiful site covered in oak trees and located along Manzana Creek. Whether you come to cast a line in the river, camp and relax, ride horses, mountain bike or hike, Nira offers a scenic location with a variety of recreation activities.
While tent camping is best enjoyed in this cozy campground, there is room for small RVs under 20 feet. Nira has 12 campsites, each site includes a picnic table, barbecue grill and/or a fire ring. Sites 1-3 are tent and car camping sites only (no RVs due to size restrictions). There is a vault toilet in the campground. There is no drinking water at this site.
Need to Know
- Camping fee includes 1 vehicle and 1 tent, trailer or RV.
- $10 fee for each extra vehicle.
- No drinking water is available.
- No public showers in the region.
- Fireworks are not permitted.
- The nearest stores and gas are a 25 minute drive to Los Olivios along Hwy 154.
- No cell service can be found in the campground.
- Don't hike alone. Tell someone where you plan to go and then stick to your plans.
- Don't take unnecessary chances - help for emergencies is miles away.
- Make sure you have a first aid kit and other safety gear with you when hiking.
- Bring your gnat/mosquito repellent in Spring/Summer/Fall
- 2 night minimum stay on weekends.
- 3 night minimum stay on holidays.
- Campfires are normally permitted year-round without a California Campfire Use Permit. Under some conditions, wood fires and barbecues may be prohibited in all areas of the national forest. Fires at Campground are only permitted in fire rings provided by the Forest Service. Please check local for local fire restrictions prior to your arrival.
- Click here for more information on Los Padres National Forest
- Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.
Nira Campground is surrounded and shaded by oak tree- covered mountains. Whether you're a beginner in the art of birdwatching, or an experienced birder, Nira will not disappoint. A bounty of birds such as king-fishers, juncos, Stellar jays, white-breasted nuthatches, warblers and many more flourish in this section of the Los Padres National Forest.
The Manzana River runs through the campground where swimming and fishing are favorite activities. The trailhead for San Rafael Wilderness is easily accessible. Los Olivios, Santa Ynez, Solvang and Buelton are all within a one hour's drive.
Along with hiking, mountain biking, fishing and swimming, Nira Campground is a great starting point for backpacking and deer hunting expeditions into the San Rafael Wilderness. Located on Manzana Creek just upstream from the mouth of Davy Brown Creek, a trailhead provides access for various trails up and down Manzana Creek that enter the San Rafael Wilderness.
For campground inquiries, please call: 805 434 1996
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To get there from Hwy 154: Armour Ranch Rd./ Happy Canyon Rd. 11 miles northeast to Cachuma Saddle, Sunset Valley Rd. 6 miles north.
- Site 08, Loop Loop 2, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 06, Loop Loop 2, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 04, Loop Loop 1, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 03, Loop Loop 1, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 12, Loop Loop 2, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 02, Loop Loop 1, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 11, Loop Loop 2, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 09, Loop Loop 2, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 10, Loop Loop 2, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 05, Loop Loop 2, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 07, Loop Loop 2, Type Standard Nonelectric
- Site 01, Loop Loop 1, Type Standard Nonelectric