Ponderosa Campground

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Camp Type: Tent, RV
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Restroom: Pit Toilet
Permit: Unknown
Shower: No
Wifi: Not available
Entrance Fee: $25.00
Campfire: Limited use
Pet Fee: None
Leash Rule: On Leash

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!

Wag! does not allow or encourage Pet Care Providers to bring dogs to parks.
Forest, River, Mountains
Bears, Coyotes, Mountain Lions, Poison Oak, Bobcats, Mosquitoes
Ponderosa Campground Naciemiento-Ferguson Rd
Big Sur, CA 93920
Open Year-Round
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Ponderosa Campground Naciemiento-Ferguson Rd
Big Sur, CA 93920
Open Year-Round