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Ponderosa Group Campground

Ponderosa Campground

Ponderosa Campground has picnic tables and grills.

NPS Photo by Sally King

Overview

Ponderosa Group Campground is located on State Route 4, six miles west of the park entrance and near the turnoff to Los Alamos, State Route 501. This campground is located at 7600 feet and is usually free of snow from mid-April through mid October. Water is not available during any months with freezing temperatures. Unlike Juniper Family Campground, reservations are required for Ponderosa Group Campground. Demand is high for this campground, which only has two sites. Make your reservation at www.recreation.gov (or you can call 1-877-444-6777) as early as possible. Cost for a site in this campground is $35/night or $35/day-use for a reserved campsite.
 
Steller's Jay

Steller's Jay are frequent campground thieves, so don't leave food out for them to steal.

Photo by Sally King

Facilities and Restrictions
There are picnic tables, fire grates, and small cooking shelters. Pit toilets are provided but there are no restrooms with running water. Ponderosa Group Campground is for tent camping. Only one vehicle in a group may be an RV. There is a minimum of 10 people per site and a maximum of 50 people. Check-in time is 4:00 PM and check-out time is 11:30 AM the following day. Day-use is from 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

Did You Know?

Katydid

Katydids are often called leaf hoppers. Their wings and body look like vegetation, a form of camouflage which offers this insect some protection from predators.