Come take a view into the Ventana Wilderness from Botcher’s Gap Campground. The first-come first served sites are pleasant, rustic, and close to Big Sur. On the adventurous drive up on Palo Colorado Road you will pass beautiful redwoods and mountain views. Once you get to the campground kick back with a beer in hand or head out on the trail. Either way it’s time to zen out Big Sur style!

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
11 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

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Wildlife watching

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Hipcamper Julie
Julie K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 15th, 2019

Permanently closed according to Google Maps.

Hipcamper Jordan
Jordan B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 16th, 2016

I've never camped at Bottcher's Gap, but it has often been my trailhead for trips deeper into Ventana Wilderness. Larry, the camp manager, is a really nice guy and always has the inside scoop on trail conditions. This is an excellent trailhead for wilderness camping, and the campground also seems very nice. Lots of nice day hikes accessible, including a 4 mile hike to Devil's Peak, which is a great lunch spot. Be on the lookout for poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes on the trails.

Hipcamper Tabitha
Tabitha T.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 15th, 2016

My boyfriend and I camped here during Valentine's Day weekend with our dogs (a Great Dane and Chihuahua). We came around noon and were the first to get a spot. We liked it! However, if you want a lot of privacy, I wouldn't recommend this campsite, as the campsites are very close to each other. The host was pretty cool - the only thing we had a problem with was both of our dogs got a lot of bites on their stomachs and the inside of their legs. When we asked the camp host about what it could be, he claimed that they were hot spots, that our dogs MUST HAVE done it by themselves, and "nothing here would have bitten them". I called BS. According to our vet, they were fly bites. We were never upset about the bites, just by the attitude.

Hipcamper Mary
Mary J.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 10th, 2015

This place is awesome for getting an early start on a Big Sur weekend when driving from the bay area! We were able to grab a site last minute on a Friday night in August. The camp host was a great guy, too.

Hipcamper Deniz A.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
February 1st, 2018
Hipcamper Joseph G.
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January 19th, 2018
Hipcamper Nick V.
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May 3rd, 2017
Los Padres National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(805) 968-6640
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36.354° N, 121.814° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 11 Sites
(Up to people per site)