Planning a Fido-friendly Big Sur getaway? Consider camping at Ponderosa Campground! Facilities at Ponderosa are on par with most US Forest Service campgrounds in the area -- that is to say, pretty basic. You won’t find any showers, electricity, or RV hookups.
Ponderosa sure is a pretty place to pitch your tent, though! Set on the banks of the gorgeous Nacimiento River (more of a gently burbling mountain stream at this point), the sites are well shaded by pine, sycamore, and oak trees. RV campers beware -- the road to the campground is steep and fairly narrow, and larger vehicles might find it difficult to make it to the top. The 22-site campground has been designated as medium-usage by the USFS. It’s still best to make your reservation early, but half of the sites are first-come, first-served. There’s no entrance fee to the area, and sites start at $25.
You and your canine companion shouldn’t find it too hard to keep yourselves entertained during your stay! The river is something of a hot spot for swimming, and both you and your doggo are free to take a dip. Avid anglers will be glad to know that the Nacimiento provides ample opportunities for trout fishing. Hound dog hikers will be well catered for -- there’s a huge number of diverse mountain trails just a short drive away from camp in just about any direction.
Wifi isn’t available at Ponderosa, and cellular service is a distant dream -- you’ll need to drive at least fifteen minutes to make a phone call. This isn’t the campground for those who need to stay in constant contact. Otherwise, set that out-of-office email and relax! Fires are permitted, but only in designated rings, and drinking water is available on-site. One further note -- bug spray is an absolute must in the summer, as the river attracts all sorts of buzzing, biting critters. Remember to bring waste bags for your furry friend, and have a pawesome time!