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General Description

Arroyo Seco Campground is a well-known camping destination within the Los Padres National Forest in California. The campground offers a stunning natural setting where visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, fishing, and wildlife viewing.


Arroyo Seco Campground is situated in the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest. It is located near the town of Greenfield, with access via Arroyo Seco Road. The surrounding geography features the scenic Santa Lucia Mountains and offers a gateway to the Ventana Wilderness.

Campsites and Facilities

The campground provides multiple individual campsites suited for both tent and RV camping; however, hookups are not typically provided. Sites are usually equipped with amenities like picnic tables, fire rings, and potable water. The campground also includes common areas such as restrooms and shower facilities, although the availability of these facilities can vary depending on the season or management decisions.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: It's advisable to book a campsite in advance, particularly during the peak season, to ensure availability. Booking can be done through the official reservation system for national forest campgrounds or by contacting the campground directly.
  • Fees: There is a nightly fee for camping, which varies depending on the site and any additional amenities or services. Campers should check the latest fee structure and any seasonal changes.


  • Hiking: The region offers many trails ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes into the Ventana Wilderness.
  • Swimming: The Arroyo Seco River provides opportunities for swimming in designated areas.
  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing in the river, with a valid California fishing license.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The dense forest and river ecosystem support diverse wildlife, which might include deer, birds, and other native species.

Climate and Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Arroyo Seco Campground is typically late spring through early fall when the weather is pleasant, and all campground facilities are more likely to be operational. Summer can be hot and dry, while winter might bring cooler temperatures and some facilities might be closed.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Fire restrictions are often in place due to the risk of wildfires. Campers should follow all rules regarding campfires and use of stoves.
  • Wildlife: Proper food storage is essential to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace: Visitors are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the environment.
  • Pets: Pets are generally allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.

Contact Information and Emergency

For the most current information, or to make reservations, campers should contact the Monterey Ranger District or visit the official US Forest Service website. In case of emergencies, visitors should contact the local ranger station or dial 911. It's also advisable to have a map and know the closest route to medical facilities.

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