Big Sur Campgrounds

Big Sur Campgrounds

Big Sur Campgrounds

Big Sur Campgrounds

Big Sur has camping at State Parks or at privately owned campgrounds that offer both tent camping and RV camping. Enjoy the majestic redwoods, streams and oceanviews available in Big Sur.

Location-20 miles south of Carmel

Phone #-831-667-2315

Campground sites-24 walk-in campsites , maximum 4 people per site, maximum stay limit of 7 consecutive days

Fee-$25 per night with $10 per night for extra vehicles

Reservations-first come first serve

Dogs-allowed on leash in parking area and paved road, not allowed in campground, trails and beach

The Andrew Molera State Park is a primitive walk-in campground on the Trail Camp Beach Trail with the parking area a third of a mile away. Camping is in a meadow area with fire pit, half grill and picnic tables. Fresh water and toilet are a short walk. The camp is very popular and fills up fast. It is first come first serve and in the off season sites fill up by Friday for the weekend and during peak summer season it is best to arrive by Wednesday, weekends almost always fill up by Thursday. No camping or sleeping is allowed in vehicles in the parking lot or Highway. If there is no sign saying the campground is full, hike to the campground with your gear, find a site and immediately go back to the kiosk and register your site. Check in is 2:00pm and check out is noon. The park is on 4,800 acres with hiking trails, catch and release fishing in the winter and beachcombing. The Big Sur River runs through the park.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Location-11 miles south of Carmel, turn left onto Palo Colorado Road for 8 miles

Phone #-805-434-1996

Campground sites-12 tent sites with picnic table and fire ring

Fees-$12 per night

Reservations-first come-first serve

Dogs-allowed

Bottchers Gap campground is not very well known so it is not as busy and the road to Bottchers Gap Campground is a long, narrow, windy canyon road with a few houses dotted along the way and ending at the campground parking lot. The campground has large shady oak trees with 3 campsites by the parking lot and 9 sites that a short walk slightly uphill from the parking lot that are on a first come first service basis, no reservations accepted. It does have a bathroom and this is one of the few places you are allowed to gather firewood. The campground has hiking trails that go into the Ventana Wilderness and connect with other trail camps through out Los Padres.

Big Sur Campgrounds
Big Sur Campgrounds

Privately owned campground

Location-47000 Highway 1. It is 25 miles south of Carmel

Phone #-831-667-2322

Campground Sites-tent and RV

Fee-$63 for regular tent site-$73 for river tent site during Prime season April-October, off season November-March $58 for both regular and river tent sites, 2 people and 1 vehicle, $5 for each additional person, 4 and younger free, $15 for additional vehicle (not all sites take additional vehicle) 5 people maximum per site-picnic tables and firepits  with bathhouse and hot showers nearby.2 night minimum stay with 3 night minimum stay during holidays and special events

RV sites-Prime season April-October regular site $73 and river sites $83, off season $68 for either regular or river site, up to 40 feet, 1 vehicle and 2 people with each additional person $5, water and electricity at sites and central dump station, picnic table and firepit

For cabin rates go to

Reservations-yes-call  (831) 667-2322. 

Dogs-$5 per night

Big Sur Campground is a privately owned campground with tent campsites, RV campsites and cabins for rent. Enjoy the majestic redwoods and the Big Sur River running through the campground with swimming, inner tubes available for rent, a playground, hiking trails and beach access nearby, a camp store for the little things you may need and laundry facilities.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Private campground

Location-

Phone #-831-667-2422

Fees-tent sites-$60 with 2 people and 1 vehicle, $5 additional person, Maximum 6 people and 2 cars per campsite, $5 extra car, $5 for pets, $75 for campsite with electricity

RV sites-$75.00 - Camp site with electricity  (2 people, 1 vehicle),$5.00 extra per person, $5.00 pets, $5.00 extra car, $20 Dump station,  fee (if you use it), Maximum length 30', Water and electricity is supplied for RV's. Campsites with electric across the bridge are not available by reservation for RV's from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Reservations-yes-call 831-667-2422

Dogs-allowed

Fernwood Resort was established in 1932 and has a campground for tent camping, RV camping and cabins to rent. There are two bath houses with hot showers, laundry facilities, dish washing station, and many campsites have water and electricity. All campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. There is a small grocery and camp supply store, a restaurant and tavern, the Big Sur River to swim and play in and hiking trails to enjoy the scenery.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Location-37 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1

Phone #-1-800-444-7275

Campground sites-2 environmental hike in campgrounds on the west side of Highway 1 south of McWay Cove

Fee-$30 per night

Reservations-Yes. Reservations required. To make on line reservations visit                                (can be made 7 months in advance) This is a very popular campground and usually is booked up 7 months in advance. Reservations can be made 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Check in is 2:00 and checkout is 12:00, Maximum occupancy of 8 people per site. Each site has picnic table and a fire ring. Pit toilets are available. You must bring your own water, the only running water is across Highway 1 near the restrooms. You must pack out your own trash.

Dogs-not allowed on trails or campground but allowed on leash in the paved parking area.

The state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns who was a pioneer of the Big Sur area. The park has a number of trails to hike (see mid Big Sur for hiking trails) with the rugged coastline stretching up to the 3,000 foot high ridges. McWay Cove has an 80 foot waterfall that spills out onto the white sandy beach that can be viewed from overlook trail and panoramic views of the ocean and coast can be seen from the trails on the east side of Highway 1. November through February is a good time for whale watching from Overlook trail as whales migrate south often close to shore. Wildlife such as sea otters, seals, and many birds can be seen. There is no  beach access in this area.

Big Sur Campgrounds
Big Sur Campgrounds

Location-45 miles north of Cambria and 60 miles south of Carmel on the west side of Highway 1

Phone #-805-434-1996

Campground sites-34 tent and RV sites up to 30’. No water is available, must bring your own. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and pedestal BBQ. Pit toilets are in the campground.

Reservations-Yes, Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance at                             or by calling (877)444-6777.

Fee-$25 per night 8 person maximum per site. 2 vehicles max per site

Dogs-allowed

The Kirk Creek Campground is on a bluff overlooking the ocean with scenic views of the coastline. All campsites have an ocean view.There is a trail going to a rocky beach from the campground. The Sand Dollar beach is 4 miles away. With swimming, surfing, fishing (permit required) and is a dog friendly beach as long as dogs are on a leash.  Across the highway from the campground is the Vicente Flats Trailhead which goes into the Ventana Wilderness. November through February the whales are migrating south and it is a good time for whale watching.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Location-63025 Highway 1 which is 46 miles north of Cambria on Highway 1 and 56 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1

Phone #-805-434-1996

Campsites-29 campsites with picnic tables and fire ring, RV’s with a limit of 24 ft. and trailers 15 ft., maximum 8 people per site and 1 vehicle, extra vehicle is an additional fee. Pay hot showers available. Check in is 2:00 and checkout 12:00.

Fee-$35

Reservations-Yes. To make reservations online visit                                reservations can be made 7 days in advance, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This a popular campground and campsites fill up fast.

Dogs-allowed in the campground on leash but not on the trails

Limekiln is on 736 acres with trails to hike, beach access and a campground. Take a trail through a grove of huge old redwood trees. Hike to the old lime kilns that produced lime for development in San Francisco. Take a hike to a scenic 100 foot waterfall. There are campsites on the beach and campsites in the redwood forest.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Location- From Gorda on Highway 1 drive north for 8.7 miles-turn right onto Nacimiento-Fergusson Road for 10.9 miles to the campground. This is a narrow, twisty, steep road with beautiful redwoods, views and landscape, not for RV’s and trailers.

From King City on Highway 101 drive south and take exit 283 for Jolon Rd. toward Fort Hunter Liggett-drive Jolon Rd. for17.8 miles-slight right onto Mission Rd. for 4 miles-turn right onto Nacimiento-Fergusson Road for 13.2 miles to the campground. You will pass through the Fort Hunter Liggett entrance and be asked for I.D. at the gate to pass through on your way to the campground.

Phone #-805-434-1996

Campsites-8 tent campsites with picnic table, fire ring, restroom and pedestal grill-no water-8 people maximum per site, $10 additional vehicle, 14 day maximum stay

Fee-$15

Reservations-No, first come first serve

Dogs-allowed

The Nacimiento Campground is not a very well known campground and has only 8 tent campsites that are on a first come first serve basis. It is along the side of a mountain stream with big rocks and boulders, pine trees and oaks. A short drive will take you to a variety of hiking experiences from waterfalls, redwoods, picturesque views, meadows and streams. The Mission San Antonio de Padua, the 3rd of the Spanish missions is near the campground and worth the drive to see it. It is on the Fort Hunter Liggett Military base but open to the public and there is no charge to see it. There is an old Catholic Chapel you can go through, original aqueducts, an old Indian cemetery and a self guided tour of the out building locations. It can get very hot at the campground during the summer with no services closeby so try not to forget anything and bring plenty of water because there is no water at the campground.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Location-26 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1at 47225 Highway 1

Phone #-1-800-444-7275

Campsites-175 tent and RV campsites with picnic tables, fire rings and half grill. Maximum trailer 27 feet and maximum RV 32 feet. Cabins and rooms for rent at the Big Sur Lodge.

Fees-standard site $35 per night-riverfront site $50-additional vehicle $10 per night-maximum 8 people per site-limit of 7 consecutive nights-water, hot pay showers and toilets are a short walk-$10 one time fee for RV’s and trailers with on-board bathrooms for dump station whether it is used or not, $2 discount for seniors-50% off for disabled-check in 2:00 check out 12:00

Reservations-Yes-online reservation available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month at                                 . Pfeiffer Big Sur is very popular and reservations can fill up 7 months in advance even in the winter.

Dogs-allowed in campground but not on trails

The Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is on 1,006 acres of land with redwoods, oaks, meadows, streams and waterfalls. There are plenty of hiking trails offering a variety of hiking experiences from easy hikes through the redwoods to strenuous hikes up into the mountains. The Big Sur River runs through the state park making for some fun swimming. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is one of the greatest attractions at Big Sur.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Location-40 miles north of Cambria on Highway 1 and 55 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1

Phone #-805-434-1996

Campsites-42 tent and RV campsites with picnic table, fire ring and BBQ grill, flush toilets and drinking water within a short walk-no utility hookups-maximum stay 14 days

Fees-$25 per night-8 person maximum- $10 fee for additional vehicle

Reservations-Yes, reservations can be made 6 months in advance at                                or call 877-444-6777

Dogs-allowed

Plaskett Creek Campground is set in a park like meadow with Monterey Pines and Cypress trees providing shade. Sand Dollar Beach is just across Highway 1 and is a popular spot for surfing, swimming, fishing , beachcombing, birdwatching and sunbathing. The beach also allows dogs and long as they are on a leash. November through February whales are migrating and whale watching from the bluffs and beach is popular.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Location-22 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1 and 68 miles north of San Simeon on Highway 1

Phone #-831-667-2414

Campsites-22 tent and 12 RV campsites up to 34’ RV's and 12 cabins for rent- 5 person maximum-picnic table and fire pit at each campsite, hot showers, laundry facilities and restrooms-electricity and water hookups for RV site (no dump station or sewer hookup)

Fees-$60 per night river tent campsite-$55 per night off river tent campsite-

$65 per night RV river site-$60 per night off river site-

$10 additional vehicle fee-additional $5 charge for pets-additional charge for more than 2 people, 5 people maximum-

Reservation-Yes, online reservations                    or call 831-667-2414 or e-mail reservations@riversidecampground.com

Dogs-allowed $5 per night-$20 per night in cabins-maximum 2 pets

Riverside Campground is on 10 beautiful, scenic acres in the Big Sur country. The Big Sur River runs through the property for swimming, inner tubing and just relaxing by the river. Big Sur is a good area for whale watching any time of the year with whales migrating in the winter and feeding in the summer.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Location-From Gorda on Highway 1 drive north for 8.7 miles-turn right onto Nacimiento-Fergusson Road for 13.5 miles to the campground, This is a narrow, twisty steep road with beautiful views and scenery but not for RV’s or trailers.

From King City on Highway 101 drive south and take exit 283 for Jolon Road toward Fort Hunter Liggett-turn right onto Jolon Road for 17.6 miles-slight right onto Mission Rd. for 4 miles-turn left onto Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. for 10.7 miles to the campground. You have to pass through the Fort Hunter Liggett entrance gate to get to the campground where they will ask you for ID.

Phone #-877-444-6777 or 805-434-1996

Campsites-23 tent and RV campsites of varying sizes with the biggest being 40” and campsites each have a  picnic table, fire ring and pedestal grill, drinking water seasonally available in the winter, not always in the summer so bring plenty of water, vault toilets, maximum 8 people per site-two week maximum stay

Fee-$20 per night

Reservations-Walk in season is October 1 through April 30 where it is first come first serve no reservations-Peak season is May 1 through September 30 and reservations can be made at

Dogs-allowed

Ponderosa Campground is by a mountain stream for playing in and fishing and lots of scenic trees for a shaded campground. It is not a very well know campground. Trails are a short drive from the campground and the  Mission San Antonio de Padua, the 3rd of the Spanish missions is near the campground and worth the drive to go see. The mission is on the Fort Hunter Liggett Military base but open to the public and there is no charge to see it. There is an old Catholic Chapel you can go through, original aqueducts, an old Indian cemetery and a self guided tour of the out building locations. It can get very hot at the campground during the summer with no services closeby so try not to forget anything and bring plenty of water.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Location-71895 Highway 1. It is 27 miles north of Sn Simeon on Highway 1

Phone #-877-424-4787

Campsites-7 tent campsites and 16 yurts for rent, campsites include use of resort facilities of pool, hot tub, showers and complimentary breakfast for 2, maximum 2 people per site, 2 night minimum, no campfires allowed

Fee-$95 for tent campsites per night 2 night minimum

Reservations-reservation can be made

Dogs-not allowed

Treebones Resort is a private resort that also has a few campsites that include use of the resort’s facilities such as the pool, hot tub, showers and services such as massages, restaurants and gift shop. The campsites have views of the ocean and are a short drive to many trails.

Big Sur Campgrounds

Location-48123 Highway 1. This is 65 miles north of San Simeon on Highway 1 and 30 miles south of Carmel Highway 1

Phone #-831-667-2712

Campsites-92 tent campsites, No RV’s, each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring with restrooms, showers and water faucets a short walk away-maximum 5 people per campsite, 1 vehicle and 2 dogs

Fee-$50 to $80 depending on the campsite and time of year

Reservations-

Dogs-allowed

Ventana Campground is a popular private campground on 40 acres in Big Sur. There are hiking trails, restaurants, taverns, gift shops and general stores nearby. Enjoy sleeping under the redwoods and enjoying a campfire after spending the day exploring the area.

Big Sur Campgrounds