Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

History of San Lorenzo Park

What is now San Lorenzo Park was originally a part of San Lorenzo Rancho, which was a 21,884 acre Mexican Land grant that was given in 1841  by Governor Juan Alvarado to Feliciano Soberanes.  The grant ran along the east bank of the Salinas River and included present day King City.  In 1884, 13,000 acres of the San Lorenzo Rancho was purchased by Charles King, in what many called at the time, a foolish move.  He sold a large part of his holdings to the Spreckels Sugar Co. in 1897, and the area that is now San Lorenzo Park became Spreckels Ranch #3. The Monterey County Parks Department was in an acquisition phase in the 1970's and was looking to build a mid-valley park.  The Parks Department purchased the area from the Spreckels Company, then known as Amstar.  The Park was dedicated on July 1, 1976 and the initial plan included a campground and museum.  Prior to the creation of the park, the existing Eucalyptus grove was a poplular picnic spot for the King City Community.

San Lorenzo Park

Along the Salinas River, at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains, San Lorenzo Park is as picturesque as the Salinas Valley which surrounds it. Here you will find the perfect blend of old and new. For our daily visitors to the park, San Lorenzo offers immaculate day-use facilities that include picnic areas, a gazebo, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, softball areas, and a walking trail along the banks of the Salinas River. San Lorenzo Park is the perfect haven for weary travelers with over 90 campsites available. San Lorenzo Park has large group picnic areas and meeting facilities available for rent.

 San Lorenzo County Park Map

Picnicing and Camping

Picnic Areas

San Lorenzo Park has over 29 family picnic sites throughout the park available on a first come, first serve basis. Each one has one or two picnic tables and a small barbeque grill. San Lorenzo Park also has two large group picnic areas and 5 mini-group areas available for the public to rent for the day. It’s the perfect setting for any type of large gathering from company picnics to wedding receptions. 


San Lorenzo Park offers a shaded campground with tent camping, RV hook-ups and pull-through sites. A total of 83 hook-up sites are available including 45 pull-through sites with access to water and electric hook-ups, 25 pull-through sites with sewer, water and electric hook-ups, 10 tent camping sites with water availability and 13 back-in sites with hook-ups for water and electricity. Amenities for campers include laundry facilities, a putting green, two group buildings (available for rent), an internet access kiosk, restroom and shower facilities.



Available at no charge for camper groups staying 2 nights or more with 15 reserved sites.  Accommodates up to 400 people outdoors and 90 people indoors.  Has full kitchen, large outside barbeque and horseshoe pits.

Portola Building

Exclusively for camper groups that stay 2 nights or more with 10 RVs.  Accommodates up to 44 people.  Has full kitchen and outside barbeque.

Depot Meeting Room

Good for small group meetings. Accommodates up to 44 people.  Small kitchen area with restroom inside.

Irrigation Museum

For meetings only.  Accommodates up to 30 people. Restroom inside.

For Reservations

Individual Campsites: 1-888-588-CAMP/(831) 755-4899
Picnic Area/Group Buildings/Group Camping: (831) 755-4895


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