Cerro Alto Campground

Area Status: Open
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[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: 15 sites are on the reservation system: www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  There are 7 campsites available on a first-come, first- serve basis .

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground check-in time: 3:00pm, check-out time: 12:00 noon. Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am.
Reservations: 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 (PMC) for the Forest Service. 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% discount 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 (PMC) Annual Pass for $50. More info: www.campone.com. Interagency Senoir, Access and Annual Passes are not accepted for day use parking at trailhead or extra vehicle parking overnight. 
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Year-round
Busiest Season: Summer
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 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. To purchase, go to www.campone.com for more information - not valid for extra vehicle overnight parking. 
Operated By: Parks Management for the Forest Service
Information Center: For more information on Cerro Alto Campground contact the Santa Lucia Ranger Distric at (805) 865-0416.

General Information

Accessibility:

12 campsites are handicapped accessible.


General Notes:

6-8 campers per campsite.


Parking:

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. There are NO cabins.

No. of Sites 22
Reservation Info Reservations: 15 sites are now on the reservation system: www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777
Fire Information For current fire restrictions please visit www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.
No. of Accessible sites 12
Reservation info: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
Hours of Operation: Check in time 3:00pm, Check out time 12:00 noon. Quiet Hours: 10:00pm – 6:00am.

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Amenities

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

 
  Latitude : 
35.4244

  Longitude : 
-120.7411

  Elevation : 
2,620 ft

 

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