TV Tower Road

Los Padres National Forest

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FR-29S11
Santa Margarita, CA
805-925-9538
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GPS: 35.3453, -120.6436

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: gravel
Elevation: 2033 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

10 people have reviewed this location.

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“Beautiful views not worth the heart attack”

Reviewed Jul 12, 2018

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Okay let me start by saying the views are as breathtaking as the pictures show and the other reviewers claimed, but everyone greatly downplayed how dangerous it was to get here. We are in a 14’ van and STRUGGLED to make it around the turns, especially because it is a single lane road and we were faced with oncoming traffic at least 5 t... more

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Days stayed: 1

Awfisch would stay here again

“Beautiful view, busy in the evening”

Reviewed May 30, 2018

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Gorgeous view. One of our favorite boondocking spots thus far. It did get busy as locals drove up to watch the sunset. They all left after the sun went down. We have a 20’ class b van and had no problem with the road up. I wouldn’t recommend anything much bigger as there are some tight turns. The tight turns are all paved, but once... more

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“Nice views but windy!!”

Reviewed May 20, 2018

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Stayed here for one night. Firstly missed the turnoff from the main road, so added an extra 30 minutes to our journey going to turn around at the next exit. Arrived late so most spots lower down were taken. Our van (dodge 2500) was fine getting up the roads but a trailer would be a nightmare. Saw an RV in the first turn out area but I ... more

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
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“Great Views and Stay”

Reviewed Apr 19, 2018

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Boondocking in my 4-door sedan. Drive was quite easy with a smaller vehicle. I can see some of the other reviewers' issues with large RV vans and vehicles. Probably won't be an issue with "normal" size ride. Its right off the highway so easy access and leaving points. The view was amazing, really beautiful! I camped in a tent on a s... more

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TriGirlPNW would stay here again

Reviewed Mar 12, 2018

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Well worth the drive up there. I agree with the previous reviews, car or van only. Don’t try this road with anything larger, you will be sorry.
It was so quiet and peaceful and the sunset amazing.

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Meant For Adventure

31 Airstream Sovereign
2011 Ford F-250
37 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: NA
“Don't tow a trailer up. Vans + Truck Campers are OK!”

Reviewed Feb 25, 2018

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We scouted this spot in our truck while we were in the area. The spot itself is large enough for a trailer. However, the road up is only a single car width and it's a two way road. We met 4-5 oncoming vehicles on the short drive up and 7 mountain bikers. We're pretty adventurous trailer drivers, but I wouldn't attempt with ours, unless... more

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1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 0

vandrewbernard would stay here again

“Amazing!! ”

Reviewed Feb 19, 2018

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If you’re in a camper van, you HAVE to stay here! It’s amazing! The views are incredible, it’s not crowded, it’s FREE! The roads are a little scary going up but the roads themselves are clean and well maintained. Like other reviews have said, I would NEVER drive an RV or pull a trailer up here, but vans are great! We’ll def... more

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4bars
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Trekerboy
Charlevoix, MI
31 Airstream Excella 500
2007 Mercedes R320
43 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“DO NOT ATTEMPT with a trailer”

Reviewed Feb 17, 2018

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Should have listened to the 2nd reviewer. We too were lured by the amazing views of the 1st reviewer and thought we’d be fine with our 31’ trailer given his 32’ made it up. We were wrong. The road up is quiet steep in spots and hairpin turns made it extremely difficult and technical to navigate. We made it to the top but only after rip... more

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5bars
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TurksOnTour
Anchorage, AK
32 Itasca Sunstar
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
“Still unclenching”

Reviewed Jan 09, 2018

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We read the other review and thought “awesome! This place sounds like perfect boondocking!” We’re in a 32’ Class A, the other guy towed up a 32’ airstream - no problem, this will be great! Oh man were we wrong. The road is single narrow lane and dirt most of the way. It is also surprisingly busy. The pull out at the top is actually a l... more

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continentscollide
Spring, TX
32 Airstream Excella
2013 Ford F-150
56 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

continentscollide would stay here again

“Fantastic views! Watch out for HIGH winds! ”

Reviewed Dec 26, 2017

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This place is a dream! It’s a bit of a steep, windy road and our 32’ made it up but we had to take it slow. The road is in good condition though. Once we arrived at the first pull off, we knew we wanted to park there. There’s the most incredible views of the valley and the Pacific Ocean. The sunsets are spectacular! It gets pretty ... more

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