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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND, CA

part ofLos Padres National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Ponderosa Campground offers visitors a beautiful location to relax and enjoy nature. It runs along the Nacimiento River, which provides a variety of recreational opportunities. Swimming, fishing and wading are all enjoyed by visitors, as well as hiking and backpacking on any of the surrounding mountain trails.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated next to the river and has a scattered canopy of ponderosa pine, oak, madrone and sycamore trees, which provide ample shade in most campsites. It is located in the Los Padres National Forest in the mountains of Big Sur at an elevation of 1,500 feet. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area.

Recreation:

The Nacimiento River provides opportunities for trout fishing and wading, as well as swimming in any of the swimming holes along its course. A variety of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails can be accessed within a short drive from the campground. The trails offer scenic views of waterfalls, massive redwood groves, meadows and mountain streams.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Utility hookups are not available and the parking surfaces are paved. A maximum of two vehicles is allowed for each site. Additional vehicles are not allowed in the campground.

Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Trash collection bins are available throughout the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Mission San Antonio is a short drive east of the campground. Located in the Fort Hunter Liggett Military Base, the mission is one of the oldest in California. A museum, original aqueducts and a Native American cemetery are found here.

The San Antonio Reservoir Recreation Area is located about 32 miles southwest of the campground. Boating, fishing, swimming and guided tours are available.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • RV sites
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Historic Sites
  • Museum
Know Before You Go
  • Limit of 2 vehicles per site; additional vehicles are not permitted
  • Coolers and ice chests must be no larger than 46 inches long by 27 inches wide. This is the largest size cooler that will fit in the bear-proof storage lockers.
  • Make sure that all campers in your group know that all food, tooth paste, sunscreen, or items with fragrance should be stored in the bear-proof storage lockers and not in tents or cars.
  • Click here for more information on the Los Padres National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.005, -121.37639
36°0'18"N, 121°22'35"W

From Monterey, travel south on Highway 1 for approximately 55 miles, to Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Continue about 10 miles east to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND
P.O 1018
Templeton  CA  93465

Phone Number:

Information:  (805)434-1996
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