Ponderosa Campground

Area Status: Closed
Ponderosa Campground

Ponderosa Campground has 21 campsites along a mountain stream under a canopy of Ponderosa Pine, Oak, Madrone & Sycamore trees approximately 13 miles east from Kirk Creek campground on the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road. The Nacimiento-Ferguson Road runs from the coast at Kirk Creek on Rt. 1 to the Big Sur high country. Recreational Vehicles no longer than 35 feet.

19 sites are reservable. 2 campsites are available first-come, first-serve.

In campgrounds and picnic areas, dogs mst be kept on a leash. Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground check-in time: 3:00pm, check-out time: 12:00 noon. Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am.
Reservations: Reservations: 19 sites are reservable through www.recreation.gov  or call 1-877-444-6777.. Reservations need to be made 3 or more days in advance. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: $35.00 per site. 6-8 people per site. (one vehicle is included in the price of the campsite). Extra vehicles are $10 per vehicle per night. Interagency Senior Pass and Interagency Access pass holders are entitled to 50% off of camping only - not valid for day use or extra vehicle fee. 
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Spring
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: 14 day maximum stay No dispersed camping along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road Forest Order 05-07-51-17-04 Roadside Camping Prohibition 
Closest Towns: Nearest gas, food, and supplies 14 miles west to Pacific Valley.
Water: Water available from March through November
Restroom: Vault
Passes: Interagency Senior Pass and Interagency Access pass holders are entitled to 50% off of camping fee. -Not valid for day use or extra vehicle fee. 
Operated By: Managed by the Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Monterey Ranger District Office 831-385-5434 ext 0
406 South Mildred
King City, CA 93930

General Information


From Salinas take Interstate 101 south and take the Ft. Hunter Liggett exit. Then go 17.5 miles to the junction with Mission Road. From Interstate 101 south, take exit #252 and take county road G18, 21.7 miles to the junction at Mission Road. From the junction proceed 3.2 from the junction to Naciemento Ferguson Road and turn left. It is 12 miles to Ponderosa CG from this point.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Hiking, fishing, camping, hunting (check with California Department of Fish and Game for hunting season in the area). www.wildlife.ca.gov

No. of Sites 21
Reservation Info Reservations can be made through www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Fire Information No firewood available at campground


Camping trailer: yes
Picnic tables: yes
Tent camping: yes
Parking: yes
Toilets: Vault toilets

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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