Hopper Mtn.NWR-Closed to the public. Some Condor viewing areas available.
The U.S. Forest Service maintains an observation point at Dough Flat in the Los Padres National Forest. Please contact the U. S. Forest Service Ojai Ranger District Office for more information on road conditions at (805) 646-4348
The Dough Flat site is along the public access corridor of the Sespe Condor
Sanctuary in the Lo Padres National Forest, which is managed by the U.S. Forest
Service. The driving time from Fillmore to Dough Flat is about 1 hour (13
miles). Plan to arrive around 9am and stay until 3pm to see condors flying
over the Sanctuary. Be sure to take plenty of water and carry a spare tire in
your vehicle. PLEASE note that the Sespe Condor Sanctuary (located on Forest
Service land) is closed to public access. The road going to Dough Flat runs
through a corridor which bisects the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. The public may
access this corridor, but the Sanctuary to the west and east of this corridor
is closed to the public. Please contact the USDA - U. S. Forest Service for
more information on public use in the Los Padres National Forest at (805)
Bitter Creek NWR-Closed to the public. Condor vewing areas are available.
Bitter Creek NWR is closed to the public, there are some viewing areas you can drive to.From Interstate 5, take Highway 166 (north of the Grapevine and south of Bakersfield)
west toward Maricopa. At Maricopa, Hwy 166 joins Hwy 33. Continue west on
33/166 for approximately 9.2 miles to Cerro Noroeste Road; make a left on
Cerro Noroeste Road. You will enter the Bitter Creek NWR, marked by a blue
sign with a condor painted on it. Continue on Cerro Noroeste for approximately
8 miles. You will see on the left hand side of the road another Bitter Creek
NWR sign in a pullout. Park in the pull out and look northwest (and in all
directions) for condors in flight.
Blue Ridge NWR-Closed to the public.
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes NWR- Public Access
Visitors may reach the Refuge via either of two access hikes:
From the intersection of Highway 1and Oso Flaco Lake Road, located 3 miles north of Guadalupe, proceed 3 miles west to the Oso Flaco Lake parking lot. This park and parking lot are owned and managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks). A fee for parking is charged. If a State Parks attendant is not present, be sure to use the self-pay parking envelopes at the entry kiosk. After paying for parking, hike 1 mile west across the Oso Flaco Lake trail and boardwalk to the beach. After reaching the beach, proceed south a quarter-mile to Oso Flaco Creek. If the stream crossing is shallow and safe, proceed 1 mile south along the beach to the northern Refuge boundary. This route requires a round trip hike of approximately 4.5 miles to reach the Refuge and return to the parking lot.
From the intersection of Highway 1 (Guadalupe Street) and Highway 166 (Main Street), at the south end of Guadalupe, drive 2.8 miles to the entrance gate of the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve parking lot. A voluntary donation for access to the park is requested at the entrance gate. From the entrance gate, drive 2.0 miles west to the paved parking lot, located at the beach. This park and parking lot are owned by the County of Santa Barbara Department of Parks and Recreation, and are managed by the Center for Natural Lands Management. From the parking lot, hike north along the beach about a half-mile to the Santa Maria River. If the river crossing is shallow and safe, hike about 1.5 miles north along the beach to the northern Refuge boundary. This route requires a round trip hike of approximately 4.0 miles to reach the Refuge and return to the parking lot.