Wheeler Gorge Campground

17017 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, CA, United States
17013-17043 Maricopa Highway Ojai California 93023 US


The Wheeler Gorge Campground is located off Highway 33, north of Ojai. The roads are paved and the vegetation is a mix of trees and chaparral. The north fork of the Matilija Creek runs through the campground. The campground is open year round.

Wheeler Gorge Campground is a great place for families to explore the Los Padres National Forest all year long. Educational programs are offered throughout the summer and during winter months. Informative tours of the area are led by forest rangers at the nearby visitor center. The campground provides scenic views of a nearby stream, as well as vast mountain vistas.

The campground is adjacent to Matilija Creek, and is bordered by a mixed forest of oak and sycamore trees and evergreen shrubbery. Most sites are shaded and summer temperatures reach up to 95 degrees.

The campground was originally built by Boy Scouts nearly a century ago, as well as a historical stone home that is also on-site.

Reservation Information

Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance. This campground requires a 2 night minimum stay on weekends and a 3 night minimum stay on holiday weekends. Maximum 2 vehicles per site. An additional fee will be collected on-site for second vehicle. No check-in after 10PM, security gate locked.

Campground Information

The campground has 68 family campsites, 5 handicap accessible sites, and 6 double sites for larger groups. RV’s maximum length is 35 feet.  Each site contains a table, barbecue and fire ring.There is NO dump station or potable water at the campground. Please bring your own drinking water.  These sites are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Camping & Recreation
Single Family campsite $23 per site, per night
Double Family campsite $46 per site, per night
Extra Vehicle $10

All prices are subject to change without notice.

Services & Facilities

Firewood is available for sale at the campground.

The campground is open year-round and offers dozens of single-family sites for tent or RV camping. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking spurs are paved and vary in length, accommodating RVs up to 35 feet.

Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets are provided, but drinking water is not available. Visitors must bring their own water, and remove their trash from the campground.


From US 101/Ventura, take highway 33 north 13.8 miles. Turn left remaining on highway 33 for 8 miles. From Los Angeles, take I-5 north, then west on hwy 126 for 28 miles to Santa Paula. Go north on hwy 150 for 16 miles. Turn left onto highway 33 north approximately 8 miles.

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.51194, -119.27361
34°30’43″N, 119°16’25″W

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Things to Do


  • Bike Trails
  • Hiking – Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail starts at upper campground. Interpretive talks in the summer.
  • Campfire nature presentations in summer months
  • Historic Ortega OHV Trail nearby
  • Visit the town of Ojai (aprox. 15 miles from the campground)
Day Use
Single Family campsite $23 per site, per night
Double Family campsite $46 per site, per night
Extra Vehicle $10

All prices are subject to change without notice.