Bottchers Gap Big Sur


All of the facilities with the exception of Bottchers Gap  listed on this website and under the management of Parks Management are OPEN.  Please check here and our Facebook Page for updates as things may change.

Bottchers Gap Campground is located 8 miles inland

at the end of Palo Colorado Road. Palo Colorado Road winds its way up a narrow canyon through a Redwood grove, taking you to the campground at 2,100′. The campground is situated in a ridge saddle among Oak and Madrone trees. Bottchers Gap provides an excellent view of the Ventana Double Cones in the Santa Lucia Mountains within the Ventana Wilderness. The Skinner Ridge trailhead is located at the campground.

Northern Mileage Mark

  • Carmel River Bridge (at Rio Road)
  • From north: 11 miles

Southern Mileage Mark

  • Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
  • From south: 79 miles

The campground has 12 units, each with a picnic table, fire ring and pedestal grill. No reservations are needed – first come, first serve.


$15.00 Camping per night
$5.00 Day Use or Trailhead parking per day

Parks Management Company
(805) 434-1996