Los Padres National Forest Ponderosa Campground
4 rating
(4)
Location
Address: San Simeon, California 93452
GPS: 36.005, -121.37639
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Local Directions: From San Simeon, CA, take State Rt. 1 north 35.1 miles to Nacimiento Rd. sign. Turn right onto Nacimiento Rd. and go 13.6 miles to campground sign. Turn (hard) right at sign and cross bridge into campground.

Contact Information
Local Phone: 1-831-385-5434
Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea...

Open
All year
  Sites
12 RV Sites, 23 Tent Sites, 23 No Hookup

Rates
Daily Rates: $15.00

Facilities & Services
No Showers, Vault Toilets

Recreation
Biking, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Swimming

Restrictions
Max RV Length 35 ft
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Total Sites23
RV Sites12
   
Tent Sites23
Max RV Length35 ft
   
  
  
No Hookup (23)
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Recreation
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Biking  
Bird Watching  
Fishing  
Hiking  
Hunting  
Swimming   Wading is possible in Nacimiento River
Wildlife Watching  
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4 star rating
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Be ready to rough it
Confederate
Silver
September 3, 2012
I've seen reviews on other sites about this campground complaining about the bugs, the lack of water and the smelly outhouses, but hey, that's what roughing it is all about. Ponderosa is one of the best of them in my opinion because it's kept clean and it has water spigots for washing up, even if not all of them work. The sites are decently sized, each with its own firepit and table. The campground is right by a stream so you can go to sleep to the sound of running water. It's very nice. And the views - they're indescribably beautiful, especially on the drive up. For that kind of beauty, I'd endure any discomfort for a couple nights of rough camping. It's an experience not worth missing.

We stayed here in a Tent.
 
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