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Photo of the road sign at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway 1 and Palo Colorado Road the turnoff for Bottcher's Gap Campground where we camped on our California camping trip vacation . Click to enlarge this Pacific Coast Highway 1 / Palo Colorado road sign picture.
Palo Colorado Road: Photo taken along the narrow curvy Palo Colorado that leads to the primitive inland Big Sur campground Bottcher's Gap. Click to enlarge this Palo Colorado road narrow winding drive to Bottcher's Gap campground picture.
Bottcher's Gap Campground Signs:California camping trip vacation photo of the welcome sign at the Bottcher's Gap parkinglot, it says welcome to Bottcher's Gap elevation 2050 feet, U.S. Forest Service sign below has the U.S.F.S. logo reads U.S. Fee Area. Click to enlarge this Bottcher's Gap welcome and U.S. Forestry Service signs picture.
Campsite Photograph: Bottcher's Gap Campsite with tent picnic table and barbecue grill in the oak forest a California camping trip vacation photo, a campsite at Bottcher's Gap Big Sur campground. Click to enlarge this Bottcher's Gap campsite picture.
View ooking out of the tent into the forest: California camping trip vacation photo, Bottcher's Big Sur campground as seen from inside the tent. Click to enlarge this Bottcher's Gap Campground campsite picture.
Empty campsite in the oak forest at Bottcher's Gap Campground: California camping trip vacation photo shows a shady campsite with a fire pit, pedestal barbecue grill and picnic table in the broken shade of the oak forest. Click to enlarge this Bottcher's Gap campground campsite features picture.
Campsite in the oak forest at Bottcher's Gap Campground: California camping trip vacation photo shows a shady campsite with tent, campfire pit, pedestal barbecue grill and picnic table with campstove, backpack, hiking boots and other camping equipment in the broken shade of the oak forest. Click to enlarge this Bottcher's Gap campground campsite and camping equipment picture.
Pat Springs trail camp campsite picture: A tent and fire pit at a campsite on the Ventana Wilderness Santa Lucia Mountain ridge top  at the Pat Springs U.S. Forest Service fee free trail camp that is a popular destination campground up the trail from the trailhead at Bottcher's Gap campground. Click to enlarge this Pat Springs Santa Lucia mountaintop campsite photo.


Photograph of the highway signage in front of this best Big Sur California campground Botchers Gap Campground; Click to enlarge campground Pacific Coast Highway 1 sign to locate Botchers Gap Campground photo.
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Botchers Gap Campground

Description: Description: Rustic campground on a high coastal mountain ridge saddle; beautiful views of the Santa Lucia Mountains Ventana Wilderness Ventana Double Cones area; No RV's; 12 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings and pedestal grills; some walk-ins; vault toilets, no running water.
Location: On the northern edge of the Los Padres National Forest. Off the Pacific Coast Highway One 7.8 miles inland at the end of Palo Colorado Road. (PCH 1 X Palo Colorado Road Latitude: 36.39928 -Longitude: -121.90466 / campground location: 36.331445,-121.795979).
Directions: The turnoff of Palo Colorado Road is 2 miles north of the famous picturesque Bixby Creek Bridge, about bout 11 miles south of Carmel on the Pacific Coast Highway 1; there is an area at the foot of Palo Colorado Road is known as Notley's Landing, it was a populated village from 1898 to 1907 but not much there now; turn left here and head up the curvy Palo Colorado Road. Follow Palo Colorado Road 8 miles; Palo Colorado Road heads uphill southeast, it one lane with pullouts in places winds its way up a narrow canyon through a Redwood grove to the campground at 2,100 feet.
Facilities: 12 primative tent sites for 6-8 campers maximum per campsite; each site with picnic table, fire ring, and pedestal barbecue grill; some campsites short walk-in; vault toilets; no water; $12 per nite.
Activities: Ventana wilderness exploration for hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and four-wheelers, Skinner Ridge Trail and Pico Blanco BSA Road provide access from Bottchers Gap Campground to the Los Padres National Forest and Ventana Wilderness backcountry.
Close by Points of Interest: Skinner Ridge Trail and Pico Blanco BSA Road provide access from Bottchers Gap Campground to the Los Padres National Forest and Ventana Wilderness backcountry. In addition to the wilderness activities for fun and exploration the many offerings of Grarrapata State Park, Point Lobos, Carmel and Monterey are not too far to the north. A great restaurant the Rocky Point Restaurant is just south on the Pacific Coast Highway; Point Sur Light Station, for a close beach and horseback riding there is Andrew Molera State Park and Big Sur isn't too far south either.
Pets & Misc. Regulations: IN THE CAMPGROUNDS: dogs must be on a leash and under control. Tie your dog up in a shady spot and give it lots of attention to minimize barking. Do Not leave your dog unattended in your campsite. ON THE TRAIL: If you bring your dog hiking, keep it under verbal or physical restraint at all times. The Los Padres National Forest is a multiple-use forest, which means you and your dog may meet horseback riders, mountain bikers, and four-wheelers on the trail. Use a leash in crowded areas. Hiking is hard work for a dog, especially if it's not used to long hikes in hot weather. Watch your dog for signs of stress and fatigue, and give it plenty water and rest.
Helpful Hints: No reservations first come, first served; arrive early, talk to other campers you may see packing. Bring your own water and firewood, no water spigots and only limited firewood available; use only firewood that is "dead and down,"; should you forget bottled water it can be purchased from the camp manager.


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Photograph of the Santa Lucia Mountains in the moonlight taken while camping at Big Sur California campground Botchers Gap Campground; Click to enlarge Santa Lucia Mountains full moon from Botchers Gap Campground photo.
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Botchers Gap Campground is awesome in the moonlight.

Campground Contact Information:
Bottcher's Gap Campground
U.S. Forestry Campground Managed by Parks Management Company:

Palo Colorado Road
Big Sur, California 93920
Miles from Carmel: 20
Miles from Cambria: 107
PHONE: 805-434-1996
Area Information Phone:
U.S. Forestry Department
Big Sur Ranger Station:
(831) 667-2315
NO Reservations, first come first served.
For campground information call 805-434-1996.
Recreational Activities: camping, picnicking, hiking, jogging, biking, four-wheeling, bird watching and wilderness nature study

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Parks Management Website for Bottcher's Gap Campground

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U.S. Forest Service Website for Bottcher's Gap Campground


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Custom Big Sur California Area Google Map: Locate Bottcher's Gap Campground and area visitor points of interest and nearby camper tourist activities with this map: Camping Big Sur California;
Camp, Picnic, Hike and enjoy campgrounds on or reached from the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 near Big Sur California 93920, including information on all campgrounds, day-use picnic areas beaches, hiking trails, tourist attractions and visitor activities near Big Sur campgrounds.
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USDA Forest Service Map
Online topographical map Los Padres National Forest: Locate this campground  and other places to camp, picnic and hike near Big Sur and driving hiking camping tourist visitor Pacific Coast Highway 1 and Los Padres National Forest Ventana Wilderness and Silverpeak Wilderness Santa Lucia Coastal Mountains points of interest using this USDA Forest Service online topographical map of the Los Padres National Forest.
Los Padres National Forest


Campground Ventanta Wilderness Scenic View Photo: California camping trip vacation photo, Bottcher's Gap campground is located 2000 feet above sea level in a Santa Lucia Mountain ridge saddle, the views of the Ventana wilderness like this scenic view photo are awesome. Click to enlarge this Ventana Wilderness beautiful scenic vista picture.

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