Recommended Local Area Camping
(in order of proximity to the Monterey Peninsula)

Laguna Seca Raceway (Monterey-Salinas Hwy)
mail: POB 5279, Salinas, CA 93915
ph: 1 888 588-CAMP (2267), 831 755-4899
reservations: yes
accommodations: tent section, rv sites
amenities: water, flush toilets, showers
cost: $16 per vehicle (tents), $20 for RV's
directions: from MT take Hwy 218 to Hwy 68, turn left and drive approx 7 miles.
comments: close to MT, check the race schedule - which always fills the campground, drive 10+ miles to Monterey for services

Veterans Memorial Park (Monterey)
mail: na
ph: 831 646-3865
url: na
reservations: first come only
accommodations: 40 drive-in sites (no hook-ups)
amenities: picnic tables, bbq pits, showers
cost: $15 / site
directions: Highway 1 south, exit "central Monterey", left onto Pearl St (which turns into Jefferson St) and up the hill.
comments: beautiful setting amongst Monterey Pines, close to Alvarado St, The Wharf & Cannery Row - for eats & tourist attractions

Saddleback Mountain Camp (Carmel Valley)
mail: 27625 Shulte Road, Carmel, CA 93923
ph: 831 624-1617
email: na
url: na
reservations: yes (recommended for summer)
accommodations: walk-in tent sites, RV sites (cable TV), tent cabins
amenities: showers, flush toilets, pool (heated after May 1st),
cost: $22 (tent sites), $32 (tent cabins)
directions: from Hwy 1 in Carmel, turn east onto G16 (Carmel Valley Rd) 4.5 miles to Schulte Rd, turn right, cross the river and continue 1 mile.
comments: quiet, above the fog (summer), great sunsets and hiking trails. Easy access to hiking & backpacking trail heads in Carmel Valley for Los Padres National Forest and the Ventana Wilderness. Close to town & the Big Sur Coast.

Andrew Molera State Park (Big Sur)
mail: na
ph: 831 667-2315
email: n/a
reservations: no, but rarely fills up
accommodations: 1/3 mile walk-in tent sites
amenities: pit toilets, picnic tables
cost: $3 per person / night
directions: take Hwy 1, 26 miles south of Rio Road (the last stop light) in Carmel
comments: hiking loop trails, mountain bike trails, 1 mile to Big Sur River mouth and beach. 3-5 mile drive to services, restaurants, groceries in Big Sur Village. Lots to explore in Big Sur: galleries, pubs, state parks, beaches & bouldering & top roping (to the north).

Pinnacles National Monument (Soledad)
*** since the el nino floods, camping at West Pinnacles has been closed ***

mail: 5000 Hwy 146, Paicines, CA 95043-9770
ph: 831 389-4485
reservations: no
accommodations: walk-in tent sites (some adjacent to parking lot)
amenities: restrooms, picnic tables
cost: $10 per site
directions: Hwy 218 S, Hwy 68 E, Hwy 101 S to Soledad, Hwy 46 E to the Monument (not a thru road). Approx 40 mins from MT
comments: great climbing (all grades), short approaches, can be chilly at night and hot during the days.