Arroyo Seco Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

[image] Arroyo Seco Trailhead

This trailhead offers access to the popular area of the Arroyo Seco River known as The Gorge and is notable for the long string of swimming holes with crystal clear water flowing through narrow rock walls.  This spot also allows hikers to enter the Ventana Wilderness along the Marble Peak Trail leading to backcountry camps such as Willow Springs and Strawberry.

Area amenities: Parking, picnic table, water hydrant, portable toilets.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year around  
Reservations: Arroyo Seco Trailhead is a first-come, first-serve parking lot only. No reservations.
Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Parking fee $10.00 per day.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Spring/Winter/Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: For current fire restrictions, contact Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434 or visit
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 hydrant
Restroom: Portable toilet
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company 831-674-5726,
Information Center: Monterey Ranger District Office
406 South Mildred Avenue, King City CA 93930 (831) 385-5434

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Fire InformationFor current fire restrictions, contact Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434 or visit


Picnic tables Yes
Toilets Portable Toilet
Parking Yes - Approximately 30 parking spaces.
Fee charged for some activities Parking $10/day
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