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.

Reservations: 68% of sites (15 sites) are now on the reservation system: www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  32% of sites are on a first-come, first- serve basis (7 campsites).

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Operational Hours: Quiet Hours: 10:00pm to 6:00am
Reservations: Reservations: 68% of sites (15 sites) are now on the reservation system: www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Reservations are recommended during the summer months and holiday weekends. Reservations need to be made 3 or more days in advance.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees This is a concession managed campground, $25.00 a night (includes one vehicle). 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. (one vehicle is included in the price of the campsite).  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. 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. Purchase through www.campone.com or by calling 805-434-1996. Interagency Senoir, Access and Annual Passes are NOT ACCEPTED for day use parking at trailhead or extra vehicle parking overnight. 
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: Interagency Senior Passes and Access Passes provide a cardhold a 50% discount on camping fees only - not valid for day use fees within the campground, parking at the trailhead or extra vehicle overnight fees.  ** The Parks Management Company Annual Pass can be used for day use parking at the Cerro Alto Trailhead** $50/annual day use pass. To purchase, contact the PMC at 805-434-1996 or go to their website: www.campone.com - not valid for extra vehicle overnight parking. 
Operated By: Parks Management (805) 434-1996, campone.com or call the campground camphost at 805-461-5626
Information Center: For more information on Cerro Alto Campground contact the Santa Lucia Ranger Distric at (805) 925- 9538

General Information


12 campsites are handicapped accessible.

General Notes:

6-8 campers per campsite.


Most campsites will accomodate two vehicles.

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Picnic tables Yes
Drinking water Yes
Toilets Vault
Parking Yes - Day use parking at Cerro Alto Trailhead is $10 per vehicle or display the Parks Management Annual Pass
Tent camping Yes
Camping trailer Yes
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2,620 ft


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