Arroyo Seco Day use Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
[image] Arroyo Seco Day Use Picnic Area

The Arroyo Seco Day Use area is located along the Arroyo Seco River among the oak and cottonwood trees and offers opportunities for barbequing and picnicking under three large pergolas.  There are numerous tables and grills throughout the site.  Water is available from a number of spigots in the area and there are two restrooms with flush toilets and sinks. 

Swimming and wading in the nearby river is a favorite summertime activity.

Amenities: Parking, picnic tables, grills, water hydrants, trash receptacles, flush toilets, sinks.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Arroyo Seco Day Use Area is available year around and is open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM each day during the peak season and from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM during the off season.
Reservations: Arroyo Seco Day Use Area is a first-come, first-serve site. No reservations. There are 105 parking spaces. This is a concession-managed day use area. For more information, go to or contact the Monterey Ranger District Office at  (831) 385-5434 ext 0.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: $10.00 per vehicle per day.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring/Winter/Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: The Arroyo Seco Recreation Area is located about 50 miles south of Salinas and approximately 80 miles north of Paso Robles.
Water: Water spigots/hydrants
Restroom: Flush toilets with sinks
Operated By: Parks Management Company
Information Center: Monterey Ranger District 
406 So. Mildred
King City, CA 93930
Phone:  (831) 385-5434 ext 0

General Information


Directions: Direction from nearest town: From the South (Paso Robles), take Highway 101 to the Arroyo Seco exit into Greenfield.  Make a left turn on Elm St.  Go west to Arroyo Seco Road and turn left; Recreation Area is at the end of Arroyo Seco Road, approximately 20 miles.

From the North, take Highway 101 just pass Soledad. Go west to Arroyo Seco Road and turn left; Recreation Area is at the end of Arroyo Seco Road.

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Picnic tables: yes
Parking: yes
Toilets: flush toilets
Drinking water: yes

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