8am to Sunset
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pfeiffer Falls trail remains closed due to bridge damage, however the falls can be viewed by hiking up and back on the Valley View trail.
For more information about USFS properties and current closures, please visit USFS - Los Padres National Forest - Big Sur
For current highway closures and conditions please visit CalTrans - Road Conditions Map
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Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: Up to 27 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: Up to 32 Feet
Dogs allowed on the Warden's Path and River Path, and in day-use lots and campground. Dogs not allowed on all other trails.
Driving Directions to Pfeiffer Big Sur SPThe park is located 26 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1.
Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
En route Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available
HIGHWAY 1 CLOSURES
Northbound / Southbound 1 Full Closure
From Ragged Point Viaduct to BIG CREEK VISTA POINT
Due to Slide Removal
No estimated time for reopening of closure.
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Last updated: 05/04/2023 1:41pm
About Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
THERE IS NO BEACH OR OCEAN ACCESS IN THIS PARKThe turn-off for popular Pfeiffer Beach is located on Highway 1, approximately one mile south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park's entrance. Heading south from the State Park entrance, it is the second right turn. Pfeiffer Beach is not a California State Park and charges a separate entrance fee.
On the western slope of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the peaks of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park tower high above the Big Sur River Gorge, where the Big Sur River enters this popular park. Walk along the banks of the river and among the redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows. A large campground accommodates hikers, bikers, car campers and RVers. Many campsites are located along the Big Sur River. Wildlife includes bobcats, black-tail deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as dippers and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail. Big Sur Lodge is located in the park .The lodge has 61 guest rooms, a conference center, cafe, and a grocery store.
CHECK CURRENT WEATHER
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised. In winter, overnight temperatures can range in the 30s-50s (Fahrenheit). Winter daytime temperatures can be low 50s-mid 70s. In summer, overnight temperatures can range in the 50s-70s, with daytime temperatures typically in the 70s-80s. Summer mornings bring fog, which usually burns off by midday.
Near mile marker 47.2 on Highway 1, the park is located 26 miles south of Carmel.
Ewoldsen Nature Center Now Open Friday through Monday
The Ewoldsen Nature Center is now open for all visitors to enjoy on
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Set amidst life-size murals of Big Sur's natural habitat areas, visitors are encouraged to learn about the flora and fauna of Pfeiffer State Park and beyond. Adults and children alike can experience what it's like to "Fly like a Condor" at our digital condor flight station designed with actual Big Sur condor flight patterns. Hosted by State Parks staff and volunteers, the Ewoldsen Nature Center is a place of wonder and delight for all who stop by.
We'd love to see you here!!
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Interpretive Programs