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Photo of my campsite right on the beach in the sand at Morro Strand State Beach, iconic Morro Bay Rock and Smoke Stacks in the back; click photo to enlarge.
Don Smith comes back from surf perch fishing, happy but no fish. Click this Morro Bay fisherman picture to enlarge.
Large Family Pacific Ocean View Campsite photo: most campsites at Kirk Creek Campground have great ocean views like this one and views of scenic rugged Big Sur coastline like in this California central coast vacation picture showing My toyota RAV4, the 4 man  tent, picnic table in a large campground and the blue Pacific Ocean in the back. Click this Pacific Ocean View Kirk Creek Campground campsite picture to enlarge.
Kirk Creek Pacific Ocean View Campground photo: This California central coast vacation picture shows me at my campsite table almost sunset with my friend Carlo Rossi. Click this Kirk Creek Campground ocean view campground campsites by the sea picture to enlarge.
View from the front door of my tent at Kirk Creek Campground most sites have phenomenal ocean views and views of scenic rugged Big Sur coastline like in this California central coast vacation picture, Kirk Creek campground has a variety of campers from the simple bike camper, tent and car campers all the way up to mid-size RVs. Click this photo showing the my Kirk Creek Campground ocean view tent picture to enlarge.
Kirk Creek Pacific Ocean View Sunset photo with Don Smith: This California central coast vacation picture shows the beautiful sunset from my campsite table and me on the side. Click this sunset at Kirk Creek Campground ocean view campground campsites by the sea picture to enlarge.
Campsite picture Limecreek campground: California camping trip vacation photo, our comfortable campsite with a camp fire ring, pedistal barbacue grill and picnic table in this Big Sur campground in Limekiln State Park. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping at the campsite in Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
Campsite picture Limecreek campground: California camping trip vacation photo, our comfortable campsite with a camp fire ring, pedistal barbacue grill and picnic table in this Big Sur campground in Limekiln State Park. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping at the campsite in Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
Photograph of a warm fire burning for a camper and enjoy the warmth of the best Central California Coast campground Ponderosa Campground a USFS Campground on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road near Army Fort Hunter Liggett; Click to enlarge this warm inviting fire at Ponderosa Campground next to the Nacimiento River invitation photo.
Photograph of a fire-ring and barbecue grill unuseable because fire restrictions no camper can enjoy the warmth a campfire or delicious food from the barbecue because of drought induced fire restrictions; Click to enlarge this sad fire restrictions campfire barbecue ban at Ponderosa Campground next to the Nacimiento River invitation photo.
Rock mountains seen from hiking trail through the Pinnacles National Park picture: California camping trip vacation photo of a from a nice hiking trail through the strange Pinnacles landscape. Click to enlarge this redish stone mountain photograph.
Pretty bright yellow wildflowers seen from hiking trail through the Pinnacles National Park picture: California camping trip vacation photo of a from a nice hiking trail through the strange Pinnacles landscape. Click to enlarge these lovely wildflowers photograph.



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Photo of the Lost Valley Trail sign showing distiances to Arroyo Seco River, Fish Camp, Lost Valley Camp and the Coast Ridge Road is 14 miles. Click to enlarge this sign emphasizing the extensive hiking available in the area North of Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base.
A neat little cottontail rabbit to show how this wilderness camping area is teaming with wildlife; near Fort Hunter Liggett in the Los Padres National Forest Big Sur high country. Click to enlarge this cute bunny near to the Big Sur Escondido campground picture.

Photograph of PCH 1 Sign for Kirk Creek Campground 2015; Click to enlarge campground sign photo PCH 1 Sign for Kirk Creek Campground 2015.
PCH 1 Sign for Kirk Creek Campground

Enjoy the Big Sur Outdoors NOW but DO BE CAREFUL! NOTICE: "…Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level III fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, May 6, 2015. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until this Forest Order expires:
Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for designated Campfire Use sites; however persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel outside of designated Campfire Use Sites. California Campfire Permits are available for free download at the preventwildfireca.org website"...

Notice high fire danger; campfires, charcoal fires, portable stoves and lanterns all allowed in campgrounds and with the proper permit portable stoves and lanterns are in the forest with the proper fire permit. low on the coast moderate inland: click for current fire restrictions

6. Nacimiento Campground - March 30th 2015, FEE: $15 (the only reasonable fee), I like this campground a lot, it's right next to a creek (the Nacimiento River), shaded by giant trees; you can pull your rig next to the camp. Like Ponderosa and Kirk Creek there seems to be no water. The Coast Ridge Road is close-by for scenic off-roading.
7. Ponderosa Campground - March 2th/30th 2015, FEE: $20; some nice sites by Nacimiento River, more camp sites in the hills above, I stayed in the shade of some nice oaks site 16 for several days; very pretty a little more open and warmer than Nacimiento. Also near the Coast Ridge Road for scenic off-roading.
7. Botcher's Gap Campground - May 4th/5th 2015, FEE: $15; some nice forested walk in sites behind the restrooms and a few moutain view drive-up-to sites by the parking lot; only 10 sites open now and only 12 at full capacity. This campground is hard to reach being 7.8 miles inland at the end of Palo Colorado Road, a narrow one lane road. Just 20 miles south of Carmel camping here is becoming popular especially when the coast is filled so don't count on finding an empty site and they are all on a first come basis. The elevation of this campground is over 4,000 so it can get nippy but it sure has a view! There are a couple of nice hiking trails that take off from here.
8. Pinnacles National Park Campground: - March 28th, 2014, Nice inland camping alternative with over 30 miles of beautifully maintained trails in another-worldly landscape with caves. Prices are reasonable ($23 per for my tent site); this is a popular park you probably want to make online reservations.
9. Carrizo Plains National Monument: April 7/14, 2014, NO FEES: Get away from the crazy coast and everything else at Carrizo Plains National Monument: Spring Break craziness and overcrowding on the Big Sur Coast caused me to find a nice peaceful place to camp and sightsee not too far away. The park has two nice fee-free campgrounds, 250,000 thousand diverse and unique acres to explore and hundreds of miles of jeep roads to get around on. A few of the unique features are the San Andres Fault, a soda lake, plains and two ranges of mountains, there are also some ancient Indian pictographs. This monument provides countless adventures that are best enjoyed in the spring; it is the sunniest place in California and often exceeds 100 degrees in the summer.
Big Sur Camping Tips Spring 2015:
1. Take Water: take along water and or jugs to carry and plan to purify; bottled drinking water and a big bottle of hand sanitizer for the table are good ideas too.
2. Go Soon As Possible: it will of course get busier as the season progresses but the real dangers of waiting are the lack of water and possible campfire and barbecue restrictions.
3. Plan Ahead, all good sites get reserved online Fridays, Saturdays and holidays: many people now reserve online if possible, this can assure you the most desirable site and keep you from being pushed out of the park back onto the highway

DO get out and enjoy and appreciate the Big Sur…Happy Camping!

Big Sur California Coast camping vacation picture Pacific Coast Highway 1 bridge and Limekiln Creek California State Park Pacicic Ocean Beach Access: California camping trip vacation photo, ocean side Big Sur RV campground. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
The Limekiln Creek Beach: Big Sur California Coast camping vacation picture: California camping trip vacation photo, beach next to the Limekiln Creek Big Sur RV campground. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
Photograph of spring flowers in front of my campsite at this best Big Sur California campground Nacimiento Campground U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road; Click to enlarge these beautiful spring flower front of my Toyota RAV4 and campground campsite photo to help locate Nacimiento Campground U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.
Photograph of a campsite at this best Big Sur California campground Nacimiento Campground U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road; Click to enlarge campground capsite photo to help locate Nacimiento Campground U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.
Nacimiento River  picture: the Nacimiento River is really not more than a small trout stream as it passes beside the Nacimiento and Ponderosa U.S. Forestry campgrounds on the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road in the Los Padres National Forest Big Sur high country. Click to enlarge this Nacimiento River next to the Ponderosa and Nacimiento campgrounds picture.
Campfire  picture: California camping trip vacation photo of the me by a warm fire. Click to enlarge this camping picture.
Me fire grilling a T-Bone steak. Click to enlarge this tasty meat on the firw with me picture.
Secret Waterfall picture: near the Nacimiento River and Ponderosa Campground a secret waterfall where you can bath or whatever; near the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road in the Los Padres National Forest Big Sur high country. Click to enlarge this secret waterfall near to the Ponderosa campground picture.
Ancient indian grinding stones near the secret waterfall picture: where the indians used to grind acorns and such near the Nacimiento River and Ponderosa Campground a secret waterfall where you can bath or whatever; near the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road in the Los Padres National Forest Big Sur high country. Click to enlarge thse ancient indian grinding stones near the Ponderosa campground picture.
Coast Ridge Road CutoffPicture: California camping trip vacation photo of sign beside the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road for the Coast Ridge Road.
Coast Ridge Road CutoffPicture: California camping trip vacation photo of sign beside the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road for the Coast Ridge Road.





Rock mountains seen from hiking trail through the Pinnacles National Park picture: California camping trip vacation photo of a from a nice hiking trail through the strange Pinnacles landscape. Click to enlarge this redish stone mountain photograph.
My campsite #4 at Memorial USDAFS campground. Click to enlarge this Big Sur camp site picture taken at Memorial Campground north of Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base photograph.
Another campsite at Memorial USDAFS campground featuring the stunning sandstone mountain view. Click to enlarge this Big Sur camp site picture taken at Memorial Campground 12 miles north of Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base photograph.
Some wildflowers I saw from a hiking trail near Memorial Campground picture; Purple Owls Clover: California camping trip vacation photo of a from a nice hiking trail through the strange Ventana landscape. Click to enlarge these pretty wildflowers photograph.
Some wildflowers I saw from a hiking trail near Memorial Campground picture; firecracker penstemon with a stone pinnacle in the background: California camping trip vacation photo of a from a nice hiking trail through the strange Ventana landscape. Click to enlarge these pretty bright red wildflowers photograph.
Photo of a strange surreal rocky Ventana wilderness landscape with the full moon rising during the day; click for a larger file of this sandstone rock formation with the moon.
Photo of a trail through strange surreal rocky Ventana wilderness landscape near Memorial Campground; click for a larger file of these cool sandstone rock formations.

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