ARROYO SECO, CA

Arroyo Seco Campground is a semi-rustic, but developed facility in California's westernmost national forest. It offers a great escape from bustling city life, into the mountain air and provides access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.The campground offers views...
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Know Before You Go
  • The road to get from Arroyo Seco to Big Sur is around 70 miles on a very curvy road which is approximately a two hours' drive.
  • Use caution in the river; water can be swift and dangerous in the spring
  • Weather conditions can change rapidly; check prior to arrival
  • Insects may be present; bring appropriate provisions (repellents, etc.)
  • Single sites include one vehicle in the use fee. Double sites include two vehicles in the use fee. Any extra vehicles will be charged at the campground for $5/night per vehicle.
  • 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.
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ARRO GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC 50 20
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MCML WALK TO 8 23
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MCML WALK TO 8 0
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MCML STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 34 Back-In
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PCLL TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Campground View Abbott Lake Turkey in the Campground Driving to Arroyo Seco Restrooms and Showers Gorge Hills
Overview

Overview

Arroyo Seco Campground is a semi-rustic, but developed facility in California's westernmost national forest. It offers a great escape from bustling city life, into the mountain air and provides access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Natural Features:

The campground offers views of the Ventana Wilderness mountain peaks and one small lake (water levels depend on the season). It is nestled into the hillside, surrounded by abundant shrubbery and large oak trees. It is situated next to the Arroyo Seco River at an elevation of about 1,200 feet. A variety of birds and wildlife make their home in the area.

A splash of color greets visitors at the entrance gate, where a variety of plants in bloom. In the spring and fall, the leaves on the trees change to beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange, creating a beautiful scenic landscape. In the springtime, lupines bloom all around.

Recreation:

The small non-body contact lake near the group campsites gives campers an edge on mountain fishing and small non-motorized boating. Anglers will find mostly bass and catfish in the lakes, and other species on occasion. A fishing license is required for visitors over 16 years of age. The nearby river offers a small beach where campers and day use visitors may wade and swim. All nearby bodies of water are dependent upon seasonal rain for levels to rise.

The Ventana Wilderness, also known as "the gorge," provides ample opportunities for hiking, swimming, backpacking, hunting and horseback riding. No motorized vehicles are allowed (unless prior permission is granted by the Forest Service) beyond the gated road and parking lot. The 15.5-mile Santa Lucia Trail is available for hiking and horseback riding and provides access to the surrounding wilderness and a variety of other trails.

Facilities:

The campground offers sites that are both modern and more primitive, for single and double-family occupancy. Campsites are available for tent or RV camping, however utility hookups are not provided and there is no dump station. Some sites are level and large enough to accommodate most RVs. Roads are paved throughout the campground.

Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Campsites in the first loop offer accessible flush toilets, coin-operated showers and drinking water. In the more primitive area of the campground, vault toilets are provided, as well as drinking water. Some sites are fully accessible.

A group campsite is available for reservations and can accommodate up to 50 people and 10 vehicles. It provides tables and a campfire circle, as well as vault toilets and drinking water.

Nearby Attractions:

The city of Monterey provides a variety of tourism opportunities and is located about 50 miles from the campground.

The west side of the Pinnacles National Monument is about 30 miles from the campground. The monument and surrounding area is popular among rock climbers during the spring and fall.

Booking Window

GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Mon Jul 28 2014 - Mon Jul 27 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

MANAGEMENT

Mon Jul 28 2014 - Tue Jan 27 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Mon Jul 28 2014 - Tue Jan 27 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC

Mon Jul 28 2014 - Tue Jan 27 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dumpster
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Picnic Area
  • Pit Toilet
  • RV sites
  • River Access
  • Showers
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
WALK TO $25.00
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $25.00-$50.00
MANAGEMENT N/A
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $75.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
WALK TO $25.00
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $25.00-$50.00
MANAGEMENT N/A
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $75.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.23972, -121.47861
36°14'23"N, 121°28'43"W

Coming from the south on Highway 101 to Greenfield, take the first exit (Arroyo Seco) into town. Turn left on Elm Street and go west to Arroyo Seco Road and turn left. Arroyo Seco Road dead-ends at the campground.

Coming from the north on Highway 101, just past Soledad, turn west onto Arroyo Seco Road and continue to the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

ARROYO SECO
47600 ARROYO SECO ROAD
GREENFIELD  CA  93927

Phone Number:

Information:  (831)674-5726