Cerro Alto Campground

Los Padres National Forest | Santa Lucia, CA

Want to camp in a serene spot that’s not only close to the ocean but within easy reach of shops, day spas, restaurants, and wine tastings? Head to Cerro Alto Campground. This paradise for hikers and mountain bikers lies less than 10 miles from Morro Bay’s sandy beaches, great for surfing, sailing, fishing, and scuba diving. Play a round of golf on the town’s 18-hole championship course, or go sea kayaking through nearby Dinosaur Caves. Stick around the shady campground area beneath oaks, pines, and sycamores, or head out for miles of mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking, including the 4-mile Cerro Alto Trail, that rises from the campground to Cerro Alto peak. The stupendous views of the Central California coast are worth the effort. Reward yourself with a wine tasting in Paso Robles, 20 minutes from your campsite, or relax in a day spa in nearby Avila or Grover beaches. Check out the charming towns of San Luis Obispo, Cayucos, Harmony, and Cambria, all within 35 miles of Cerro Alto. Then head home for a solid night’s sleep in the heart of nature.


• 22 sites for tent and RV camping
• Campfire rings, grills, restrooms, drinking water
• Creek access (seasonal), hiking and horseback riding trails


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter