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Pozo La Panza OHV Area

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Other Names

Los Padres National Forest, Santa Lucia Ranger District, Black Mountain, Turkey Flat, Navajo Flat

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers about 45 miles of marked and rated trails. The terrain is mostly rocky and hardpacked and while most of the trails are geared toward the experienced rider, the Navajo Staging Area has a few novice friendly sections for the beginner.

Vegetation mainly consists of a mixture of oak, conifer and various chaparral trees. Camping is primitive and the main entrance roads are rough.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
most trails have a 50" width restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on designated forest service roads
2 Cycle EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Motocross Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


EntryYes ($10.00 per vehicle)
Tent: $20.00
RV: $20.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CitySanta Margarita, CA
AddressBlack Mountain Road, Santa Margarita, CA 93453
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From: Santa Maria, CA
1) Take US-101 north about 40 miles
2) Take exit for SR-58, continue 1.5 miles
3) Turn right (south) on Estrada Avenue, continue about 3 blocks
4) Turn right (east) on J Street, continue 1.25 miles
5) Continue straight on W. Pozo Road, continue 16.5 miles
6) Turn right on E. Pozo Road, continue .7 miles
7) Continue straight on Park Hill Road, continue 2.3 miles
8) Turn right on Black Mountain Road, follow toward Turkey Flat Staging Area.


Contact InfoLos Padres National Forest - Santa Lucia Ranger District
1616 N. Carlotti Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-9538


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Pozo La Panza OHV Area Trail

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Approx Size18,867 acres (29 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail45
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1800 to 3400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (SW)Chevron (805) 543-4415
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (SW)Chevron (805) 543-4415
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Santa Margarita KOA (805) 438-5618
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Santa Margarita KOA (805) 438-5618
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Santa Margarita KOA (805) 438-5618
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Santa Margarita Lake Marina & Mini Mart (805) 438-1521
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