Ponderosa Campground

Area Status: Open
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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.

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 $25.00 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 831-242-0619​
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.

General Notes:

Policy on Pet Dogs

Always keep your dog leashed, except when inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate, or portable kennel. Do not allow your dog to wander freely, pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 36, Chapter II, Sec. 261.8 (d).

While on a trail or in and around campgrounds and picnic areas, dogs must be kept on a leash (unless caged or crated) no longer than six feet, pursuant to CFR, Title 36, Chapter II, Sec. 261.16 (j).

Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Hiking, fishing, camping, hunting (check with California Department of Fish and Game for hunting season in the area). https://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
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