Arroyo Seco Recreaton Area is located 20 miles west of Greenfield, CA off of US Highway 101 in Monterey County. The campground has 47 sites - modern, primitive and group. The campground offers views of the Ventana Wilderness mountain peaks and lakes.It is nested into the hillside surrounded by abundant shrubbery and large oak trees. It is next to the Arroyo Seco River. The Ventana Wilderness also known as "The Gorge" provides ample opportunities for hiking, swimming, backpacking, hunting and horseback riding. Available for tent or RV camping and Day Use. Arroyo Seco Recreation Area is a wonderful place to spend the day cooling down by the river and BBQing with friends and family.
First come, first served.
- $10.00 day use fee per vehicle
Cash / Credit Card.
- Memorial to Labor Day
- Bird Watching
- Creek Access
- Day Use Area
- Drinking Water
- Flush Toilets
- Parking Area
- Picnic Area
- River Access
- Self Pay Station
- Waterfront Sites
- Wildlife Viewing
Nearby Natural Features
The Arroyo Seco River runs past the campground, Abbot Lakes and the Ventana Wilderness. Just southwest is a very popular area known as "The Gorge" located in a deep canyon with the River running through it. Enjoy Swimming, Hiking, Backpacking, hunting and horseback riding. The 15.5 mile Santa Lucia Trail as well as shorter trails are available.
Q: How much does a Day Use pass cost?
A: $10 cash. No credit or debit cards accepted.
Q: Is the Day Use Area and Gorge open year round?
A: Yes. Arroyo Seco Recreation Area is open year round unless the weather permits otherwise.
Q: What time does the Day Use Area open?
A: April to October we OPEN at 8 am and CLOSE at 6 pm
October to April we OPEN at 9 am and CLOSE at 4 pm
Q: Can we save parking spots in the Day Use Area?
A: There is NO saving parking spots. ALL parking is first come first serve. You may not place ice chests, chairs or any other items in the parking spots to save for somebody else.
Q: Is reentry allowed?
A: No, each Day Use pass is valid for ONE entry only
Q: Do I need to have a fire permit to have a fire or use a stove out in the Gorge?
A: Yes, you MUST have a fire permit on your person. Fire permits can be acquired online or at the kiosk when open.
Q: Can you camp overnight up in the Gorge?
A: Yes, you can. It is $10 p/night and you must hike out all of your equipment
Q: Do I need to buy a Day Use pass if I’m camping in the campground?
A: Yes, your campground parking pass does NOT cover your vehicles entering into the Day Use Area/Trail Head parking lots. You may leave your vehicle parked at your campsite and walk to either area.
Q: What day is the busiest in the summer?
A: Sundays are the busiest day of the week during the summer.