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Ponderosa Campground

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About This Campground

National Forest

Los Padres National Forest


Ponderosa Campground offers visitors a beautiful location to relax and enjoy nature. It runs along the Nacimiento River, which provides a variety of recreational opportunities. Swimming, fishing and wading are all enjoyed by visitors, as well as hiking and backpacking on any of the…

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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin


For Campers

  • Picnic Table
  • Reservable
  • WiFi
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Pets

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly


3 Reviews of Ponderosa Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Nicole R.
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2018

California gen!

Upon checkin we found nice quiet spot and walked to the river to skip rocks. It was really clean in the restrooms and plenty of places to grab food nearby. Kids even found a rock stump witttons of paired rocks to take ad leave. Spots are my full hookup and are 30amp.

  • River beach trail and rock trump
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Month of VisitNovember
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2018

Camp next to the river

Nice area. Shaded, next to a stream, lots of wildlife, hiking nearby. Did not have my prepaid reservation. Lots of mosquitoes and poison oak. Quite a few homeless with shopping carts of belongings. Not much sleep because other campsites are loud all night long.Host is there for what?

Annie C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2018

Pretty campground in need of service

This is a gem of place to camp with only one black mark against it (I’ll get to that in a minute). This site is run by the US Forest service and sits alongside the really pretty Nacimiento River. If you don’t mind the noise from the road, the best two sites with the river running next to them are…

  • The entrance
  • A neighbor camper scored this nice walk down to site with shade and the creek in back
  • Pretty straight forward
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Month of VisitJuly


Ponderosa Campground is located in California


Campground is only available to access via the 101 side, the Highway 1/ Nacimiento Road Access is CLOSED. From Monterey, Take highway 68 to the 101. Accessible through Highway 101 exit Jolon Road. From Los Angeles/South take highway 101 to the Jolon Road exit, follow until campground.


35.99760829 N
121.38311197 W

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