BIG SUR AREA - SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE 1-26-2021
The Monterey County Sheriff's Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for Carmel, River and Dolan Fire Burn Scar Areas effective January 25th at 4:00 p.m.
Areas within and two miles downslope of the Carmel Fire, River Fire, and Dolan Fire burn scars are at risk for debris flows as a result of the upcoming atmospheric river. If you are not living in close proximity to a burn scar, you may have received a message in error. If you are unsure if you are in an evacuation zone visit the evacuation map: https://bit.ly/2MpXkgU
This warning is being given well in advance of our incoming storm system due to anticipated rainfall. Beginning late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, the US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California is predicting 8 to 10 inches of rain over the course of the storm in the Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County, which would impact all wildfire burn scar areas.
The Evacuation Warning that will be in place will be upgraded to an Evacuation Order if the Flash Flood Watch in place upgrades to a Flash Flood Warning, but those who live in dangerous areas are highly encouraged to consider leaving sooner for their safety. Due to heavy winds, those who need to leave one of the impacted areas could find exit routes impassable. Once an Evacuation Order has been issued there will likely be less than 30 minutes to evacuate.
An Evacuation Warning means individuals need to be prepared to leave immediately with a ‘go bag’ and planned evacuation route. If your situation requires more time to evacuate than an Evacuation Order allows, consider leaving early to avoid delays due to traffic congestion.
An Evacuation Order is expected to be issued at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26th.
If you feel that your life is in danger, do not wait for an emergency notification.
Winter Storm Preparedness: www.co.monterey.ca.us/winterstorm
To register for emergency alerts, visit: www.alertmontereycounty.org
To receive text message updates, text: Text "MCWINTER" to 888777
POINT LOBOS CLOSED JANUARY 25-29, 2021
Temporary Closure of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: JAN. 25-29, 2021
California State Parks will be temporarily closing public access to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve beginning Monday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, due to scheduled tree maintenance and removals. Due to the work locations within the Reserve and amount of equipment involved, the Reserve will remain temporarily closed for the duration of the project.
For more information about Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/pointlobos, or contact the Point Lobos Kiosk to confirm re-opening between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.: (831) 624-4909.
BIG SUR STATION / MULTI-AGENCY FACILITY
TEL (831) 667-2315
FAX (831) 667-2886
WELCOME TO MONTEREY DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS
Welcome to the California State Parks - Monterey District website!
We hope to provide information on this site to welcome and prepare our visitors to the beautiful Monterey District State Parks!
Due to recent concerns regarding COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and after a great deal of careful consideration, the California State Parks Monterey District Front Office has been temporarily
closed until further notice, but you may contact us using the information below.
HOW TO REACH US:
Monterey District Front Office Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - by appointment made in advance due to COVID-19 safety compliance
Please note: our office is closed from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. daily.
We are also closed on all recognized California State holidays.
Monterey District Front Office
TELEPHONE (831) 649-2836
FAX (831) 647-6239
MAILING ADDRESS 2211 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Brent Marshall - Monterey District Superintendent: (831) 649-2836
Maria Avelino - Monterey District Administrative Officer III: (831) 649-2826
MONTEREY DISTRICT STATE PARKS
ANDREW MOLERA SP
ASILOMAR SB AND CONFERENCE GROUNDS
ASILOMAR DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
CARMEL RIVER SB
CARMEL RIVER LAGOON & WETLANDS NATURAL PRESERVE
JOHN LITTLE SR
FORT ORD DUNES SP
JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS SP
MARINA DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
MOSS LANDING SB
OHLONE COASTAL CULTURAL PRESERVE
PAJARO RIVER MOUTH NATURAL PRESERVE
PFEIFFER BIG SUR SP
POINT LOBOS SR
POINT LOBOS RANCH
POINT SUR SHP
POINT SUR DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
SALINAS RIVER DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
SALINAS RIVER MOUTH NATURAL PRESERVE
SALINAS RIVER SB
California State Parks Pass Price List
Pass sales are currently being conducted by appointment ONLY. To schedule an appointment please call: 831-574-9018
Full Price Annual Passes
California Explorer $195.00
Golden Poppy Pass $125.00
Discount Annual Passes
Golden Bear $5.00
Limited Use Golden Bear $20.00
Disabled Discount Pass $3.50
California State Parks Pass Sales
Please note: Pass sales are currently being conducted by appointment ONLY. To schedule an appointment please call: 831-574-9018. The pass price list is above.
The California State Parks Monterey District Front Office has resumed CA State Parks Pass sales and renewals
by appointment only at our customer service window located adjacent to the
District Office front entrance.
We are selling the California Explorer, Golden Poppy, Golden Bear, Limited Use Golden Bear, and Disabled Discount passes,
Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
(Office is closed for staff lunch between 12:00 noon and 12:45 p.m.)
At this time the Monterey District Office is accepting payment for pass sales
and renewals by credit card only.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Monterey District Front Office at 831-574-9018,
or send us an email request at Monterey.AdminStaff@parks.ca.gov
Be "In The Know": Alcohol, Bonfires and Pets at Monterey State Beaches
NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 PROPER SOCIAL DISTANCING AT BEACHES IS REQUESTED.
IS ALCOHOL ALLOWED AT STATE BEACHES?
Alcohol consumption is not allowed at Monterey District State Beaches. Please check with local municipalities regarding alcohol consumption at other Monterey Peninsula beaches.
ARE BONFIRES ALLOWED AT STATE BEACHES?
Bonfires are NOT allowed on State Beaches due to environmental and safety concerns. Portable camp stoves, such as Hibachi or Weber, are permitted for food preparation and consumption on site. Persons using approved devices for cooking must remove all unexpected fuel (coals, briquettes, etc.) from the beach. Dumping hot coals and ash, and burying in the sand not only harms the environment, but can potentially harm other beach goers.
YOUR HELP is needed to keep our beautiful beaches CLEAN and SAFE by packing out trash. Trash receptacles are located at beach entries for your convenience.
CAN I BRING PETS TO STATE BEACHES?
Dogs are allowed ON leash at Asilomar State Beach, Carmel River State Beach, and on paved trails at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.
Please consider families with infants and young children who frequent the beach when walking dogs. You are required to keep your dog under control and we ask that you pick up after your pet.
THANK YOU for keeping out beautiful beaches CLEAN and SAFE for ALL!! To learn more about CA State Parks' policy regarding dogs at State Parks visit or Dog at Parks page.
Dogs are NOT allowed on the beaches at Zmudowski, Moss Landing, Salinas River, Marina, Fort Ord Dunes, Seaside, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and Garrapata park units. Many of these beaches are home to nesting sites for the Western Snowy Plover. Point Lobos is a State Reserve with highly protected habitat areas that do not allow for visitation with pets.
FOR FAMILIES: MPA Coloring Book
Marine Protected Area Coloring Book - Zonas marinas protegidas libro para colorear
Embark on a journey of discovery about Marine protection in a fun and easy way!!
The Marine Protected Areas Coloring Book - Zonas marinas protegidas libro para colorear - helps students of all ages learn about the rich diversity of plant and animal life found in California's Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This weblink has more information: Marine Protected Areas Coloring Book