San Rafael Additions

Fact Sheet: San Rafael Additions

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.

Fox Mountain portion – This unique area is bounded on the west 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 Road.

Peak Mountain portion – Bates Canyon forms the western boundary, Sierra Madre Road is the southwest boundary, Aliso Canyon is the eastern boundary and the area follows near to the National Forest boundary on the north.

Moon Canyon portion – This long and narrow addition follows the National Forest boundary to the north, with the Sierra Madre Road and Bates Canyon forming its south and east boundaries.

Total size: 65,877 acres (of which 41,837 acres are “potential wilderness”)

Quick Facts

  • Size: 65,877 acres
  • Recreational Uses: Hiking
  • Ecological Values: Chumash rock art, wildlife habitat and corridor