Cerro Alto Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

[image] Cerro Alto Campground

The campground sits at 1,000′ above sea level in a verdant canyon pass astride a semiannual creek. Cerro Alto Peak (2,624′) is the destination of Hikers, Bikers and Equestrians with its 360° view encompassing the Central California Coast and Inland Valley.

The campground has 22 units, 12 of which are handicapped accessible. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and most have a pedestal grill. Several of the sites are walk-in sites.

Cerro Alto Campground is located at the base of Cerro Alto Peak. The Forest Service maintained a fire lookout tower at the top of Cerro Alto Peak until 1973. At an elevation of 2,620 feet, Cerro Alto Peak provides a commanding view of the Pacific coastline, Whale Rock Reservoir, Morro Bay, and the Santa Lucia Mountains.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: $20/night for camping $10/day use parking at trailhead
Operational Hours: Quiet Hours: 10:00pm to 6:00am
Reservations: Cerro Alto campsites are available on a first come first serve basis or by reservations. Reservations are recommended during the summer months and holiday weekends. You can make reservations online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. Reservations need to be made 8 or more days in advance.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees This is a concession managed campground, $20.00 a night. Mangaed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service. (805) 434-1996. There is a camphost on site. Two cars and 6 people maximum per site. Extra vehicles $10.00 per vehicle per night. Interagency Senior Pass or Access Pass provides 50% of camping fees only, not for day use parking or extra vehicle parking.  As of May 1, 2016, day use fee for parking at the Cerro Alto Trailhead is $10 per vehicle or you can purchase and display the Parks Management Company Annual Pass for $50. www.campone.com. An Adventure Pass may also be dispalyed in vehicle for day use parking - not camping.  ** Interagency Senoir, Access and Annual Passes are NOT ACCEPTED for day use parking at trailhead** 
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: 14 day stay limit.
Closest Towns: Cerro Alto Campground is located off HWY41 midway between Atascadero and Morro Bay.
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Accessible, Vault
Passes: Adventure Passes, Senior Passes, Access Passes, and Parks Management Passes are all accepted. The Senior and Access pass will grant a 50% discount on camping fees.
Operated By: Parks Management (805) 434-1996 or visit campone.com
Information Center: For more information on Cerro Alto Campground contact the Santa Lucia Ranger Distric at (805) 925- 9538 X 0.

General Information


12 campsites are handicapped accessible.

General Notes:

6-8 campers per campsite.


Most campsites will accomodate two vehicles.

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The campground has 22 units, 12 of which are accessible. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and most have a pedestal grill. Several of the sites are walk-in sites.

Reservation Info www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Fire Information For current fire restrictions, contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District at (805) 925-9538 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf
No. of Sites 22
No. of Accessible sites 12
Reservation info: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Hours of Operation: Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am


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Camping trailer Yes
Toilets Vault
Picnic tables Yes
Parking Yes - Day use parking at Cerro Alto Trailhead is $10 per vehicle or display the Parks Management Annual Pass
Tent camping Yes
Drinking water Yes