San Rafael Proposed Wilderness Addition

Chumash Pictographs in San Rafael Addition

Area Description 

Home to the California Condor and rare plants and animals, this area is most notable for its vast collection of Chumash rock art. This rock art dates back over 1000 years.

In addition, the sheer cliffs and canyon walls that create Lion Canyon offer a wonderful opportunity to see the powers of erosion at work.  The nooks and crannies eroded into the sandstone outcroppings once provided excellent nesting perches for the California Condor.  At the top of the canyon is Painted Rock, an excellent place to see wildlife, expansive views, and more incredible examples of erosion.  

Visit the existing San Rafael wilderness: Check out this easy three mile hike from a story in the Santa Barbara Independent.  

Size & Boundaries

San Rafael Addition - 42,048 acres. This unique area is bounded on the east by Aliso Canyon Road (10N10), the north by the National Forest border along lower slopes of Sierra Madre Range, the east by Santa Barbara Canyon Road, and the south by Sierra Madre Ridge Road.


Rocky Ridge (6.2 miles) & Bull Ridge (6.6 miles)


Painted Rock and Salisbury Potrero are both within the proposed wilderness while Aliso Park, to the west, lies just outside.