Cerro Alto Campground and Day Use Area

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Campground 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 towns of Atascadero,Templeton and Paso Robles offer numerous wine tasting, dining opportunities, shopping, and museums.

Overview
Operating Seasons:
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Fees:
  • $25.00 per night per single family site for up to 6 people and 1 vehicle
  • $10.00 extra person (up to 8) per night and $10.00 extra vehicle charge (up to 2) per night
  • $10.00 day use fee per vehicle
Busiest Seasons:
  • Memorial to Labor Day
Best Seasons To Visit:
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Passes Accepted:
  • Golden Age/Golden Access Pass for single family campsites only
  • Parks Management Day Use Annual Pass

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.

Ammenities:
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Bird Watching
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Film and Television Production
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • RV sites
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Weddings
  • Wildlife Viewing

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.

Important Information

For guided tours of the estuary, contact the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce at (805) 772-4467.
Reservations can be made three days in advance.
Campsite reservation fee covers 6 people and 1 vehicle. The maximum number of people per site is 8 ($10.00 additional charge per person, per night after 6 people). The maximum number of vehicles per site is 2 ($10.00 additional charge for the 2nd vehicle per night).
Extra vehicle and person fees will be charged at the facility.
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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Nearby Features

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.

Address:
California 41, Morro Bay, CA 93442, United States