PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND, CA

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...
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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.
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 37 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 37 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 37 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 30 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 33 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 33 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 27 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 27 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 26 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 40 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 40 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 15 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 35 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 15 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 25 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 28 Back-In
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PONDEROSA CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 28 Back-In
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** 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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Overview

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.

Booking Window
Thu Aug 28 2014 - Sat Feb 21 2015

Reservations must be made 7 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 Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Walk In Wed Oct 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services 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
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
May 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
Walk In Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00

*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):
36.005, -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
Additional Information