Arroyo Seco Campground

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Los Padres National Forest
47538 Arroyo Seco Road Greenfield California 93927 US

ARROYO SECO CAMPGROUND IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE NEARBY FIRE

Arroyo Seco Campground is located in the Carmel Valley just outside of Greenfield, at an elevation of 900 feet. The campground has both modern and primitive sites which are nestled into a hillside providing lots of shade under large oak trees. This campground is open year round.

Arroyo Seco Campground is a semi-rustic, but developed facility in California’s westernmost national forest. It offers a great escape from bustling city life, into the mountain air and provides access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.

The city of Monterey provides a variety of tourism opportunities and is located about 50 miles from the campground.

The west side of the Pinnacles National Monument is about 30 miles from the campground. The monument and surrounding area is popular among rock climbers during the spring and fall.

Reservation Information

877-444-6777

Campground Information

The campground offers views of the Ventana Wilderness mountain peaks and one small lake (water levels depend on the season). It is nestled into the hillside, surrounded by abundant shrubbery and large oak trees. It is situated next to the Arroyo Seco River at an elevation of about 1,200 feet. A variety of birds and wildlife make their home in the area.

A splash of color greets visitors at the entrance gate, where a variety of plants in bloom. In the spring and fall, the leaves on the trees change to beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange, creating a beautiful scenic landscape. In the springtime, lupines bloom all around.

Camping & Recreation

MODERN CAMPING:

Modern sites allow only one vehicle per single site or two vehicles per double site. Extra vehicles are $5.00 per vehicle and will be paid upon arrival. There are water hydrants throughout the campground and close to all sites. All sites are large enough to accommodate any size RV, however, please be aware that there are no electrical, water, or sewer hook-ups available and there is no dump station on site. All sites have a picnic table, fire ring, and a pedestal barbecue grill. The modern camping area offers paved sites, coin operated showers and flushable toilets, which are handicap accessible.

Modern Single Campsite $25 per site, per night
Modern Double Campsite $50 per site, per night
Extra Vehicle $5 per night

PRIMITIVE CAMPING:

Primitive sites allow only one vehicle per single site or two vehicles per double site. Extra vehicles are $5.00 per vehicle and will be paid upon arrival. There are water hydrants throughout the campground and close to all sites. All sites have a picnic table, fire ring, and pedestal barbecue grill. The primitive camping area offers pit toilets.

Primitive Single Campsite $20 per site, per night
Primitive Double Campsite $40 per site, per night
Extra Vehicle $5 per night

GROUP CAMPING:

There is only one available group site and can accommodate no more than 50 people maximum. A total of 10 vehicles are included with the group rate; additional vehicles will cost $5.00 per vehicle. The group camping area offers pit toilets, a water hydrant, 4 picnic tables, 2 food preparation tables, 1 large fire ring, and 2 large built in grills. Tents Only in group site.

Group Camp Site $75 per  night
Extra Vehicle $5 per night
Services & Facilities

Flush toilets and water hydrants are available. Firewood is also available for sale (ask your camp host). A grocery stores is located within 4 miles from the campground.

The campground offers sites that are both modern and more primitive, for single and double-family occupancy. Campsites are available for tent or RV camping, however utility hookups are not provided and there is no dump station. Some sites are level and large enough to accommodate most RVs. Roads are paved throughout the campground.

Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Campsites in the first loop offer accessible flush toilets, coin-operated showers and drinking water. In the more primitive area of the campground, vault toilets are provided, as well as drinking water. Some sites are fully accessible.

A group campsite is available for reservations and can accommodate up to 50 people and 10 vehicles. It provides tables and a campfire circle, as well as vault toilets and drinking water.

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dumpster
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Picnic Area
  • Pit Toilet
  • RV sites
  • River Access
  • Showers
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Directions

Coming from the South on Highway 101 to Greenfield, take the Arroyo Seco exit into town. Make a left turn on Elm St. Go west to Arroyo Seco Road and turn left; campground is at the end of Arroyo Seco Road.

Coming from the North on Highway 101 just pass Soledad. Go west to Arroyo Seco Road and turn left; campground is at the end of Arroyo Seco Road.

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.23972, -121.47861
36°14’23″N, 121°28’43″W

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Things to Do

The small non-body contact lake near the group campsites gives campers an edge on mountain fishing and small non-motorized boating. Anglers will find mostly bass and catfish in the lakes, and other species on occasion. A fishing license is required for visitors over 16 years of age. The nearby river offers a small beach where campers and day use visitors may wade and swim. All nearby bodies of water are dependent upon seasonal rain for levels to rise.

The Ventana Wilderness, also known as “the gorge,” provides ample opportunities for hiking, swimming, backpacking, hunting and horseback riding. No motorized vehicles are allowed (unless prior permission is granted by the Forest Service) beyond the gated road and parking lot. The 15.5-mile Santa Lucia Trail is available for hiking and horseback riding and provides access to the surrounding wilderness and a variety of other trails.

The Ventana wilderness has limited seasonal access.  Please call (831) 674-5726 for accessibility information to the Gorge.

Day Use

The day use facility offers water hydrants, flushable toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, and 3 large covered patios. Summer hours are from 9am until 6pm. Winter hours are from 9am until 4pm.

Per Vehicle $10 per day

All prices are subject to change without notice.