Ponderosa Campground

Los Padres National Forest | Big Sur, CA

Deep in the wildlands of Big Sur lies Ponderosa Campground, with a canopy of ponderosa pine, oak, and sycamore trees to shade your site. Because you’re in Los Padres National Forest, a short drive takes you to nearby hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails, with spectacular views of redwood groves and waterfalls. Apart from summer, when it dries up, the Nacimiento River runs alongside the campground and is a great place to angle for trout or simply wade through the waters.  For more water play, the San Antonio Reservoir Recreation Area, about 30 miles away, is a fun place for boating, fishing and swimming.


• 23 campsites for tent and RV camping (no hookups)
• Picnic tables, campfire rings, grills, paved roads, drinking water, trash collection, vaults toilets
• Biking, bird watching, fishing, hiking, hunting, wildlife viewing
• Creek access and waterfront sites
• A historic and cultural site

Please note: River access and swimming are seasonal


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter