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CERRO ALTO CAMPGROUND, CA

Photo: CERRO ALTO CAMPGROUND
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cerro Alto Campground is a well-known hiking and mountain biking paradise. It is located a short distance from the sandy beaches of Morro Bay, where visitors enjoy surfing, fishing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and more. While the campground offers a serene, relaxed environment, both Morro Bay and the nearby town of Atascadero offer numerous dining opportunities, shopping, museums and other activities.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in a mixed oak, pine and sycamore forest at an elevation of about 1,000 feet. It lies in a verdant canyon pass along a semiannual mountain creek. The roads are paved, but narrow, winding and single lane with turnouts to each site.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy ample hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding opportunities, along with a 360-degree view of the Central California coast and inland valleys. The 4-mile Cerro Alto Trail, which leads to the peak, begins within the campground.

Morro Bay beaches are less than 10 miles from the campground, offering wide sandy stretches and swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and more. An 18-hole championship golf course is located in the oceanside town.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family sites for tent or RV camping. Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring and grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided, but no hookups are available. Trash collection bins are scattered throughout the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Paso Robles, which is quickly becoming known as a premier spot for Central Coast wines, is located 20 miles from the campground. Wine tasting tours are offered daily, or visitors can select individualized tours of numerous wineries located in the area.

The campground makes a great base camp for motorcyclists or day-trippers to visit the quaint, neighboring towns of San Luis Obispo, Cayucos, Harmony and Cambria, all of which are within 35 miles of the campground.

Tours of historic Hearst Castle are also available. Visitors can spend time relaxing at the many available day spas located at nearby Avila or Grover beaches. Off-road vehicle trails are available on famous Pismo Beach.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Pay Phone
  • RV sites
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Beach Access
  • Beachcombing
  • Boardwalk
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Restaurant
  • Scuba Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • For guided tours of the estuary, contact the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce at (805) 772-4467
  • 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):
35.4275, -120.73833
35°25'39"N, 120°44'18"W

From Atascadero, travel southwest on Highway 41 for about 8 miles, then 1 mile south to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CERRO ALTO CAMPGROUND
P.O 1018
Templeton CA 93465

Phone Number:

Information: (805)434-1996

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Every January, on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the Morro Coast Audubon Society, in collaboration with California State Parks, Central Coast Natural History Association, the city of Morro Bay, the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce, and Friends of the Estuary, host the Winter Bird Festival. For more information on the event, click here. from Jan 18 2008 to Jan 21 2008