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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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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
Area Information Phone:
U.S. Forestry Department
Big Sur Ranger Station:
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