Cerro Alto Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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

Operational Hours: Quiet Hours: 10:00pm to 6:00am
Reservations: Reservation arrangements are possible by calling 877-444-6777 or visiting: http://recreation.gov
Fees Day Use Fee is $5.00 - Adventure Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, or Parks Management Pass are honored for day use, $35.00 for Annual Pass. www.campone.com Camping Fee is $18.00 per night. Visitors in possession of an Interagency Senior or Access Pass are granted a 50% discount on camping fees only.  Annual Interagecny Passess are not honored.
Usage: Medium
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

General Information


12 campsites are accessible.

General Notes:

Six visitors per camp site.


Most campsites will accomodate two vehicles.

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Campground Camping

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.


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