Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 27 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 32 Feet
Driving Directions to Pfeiffer Big Sur SP
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.Online Reservations
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
The day-use and campground roads will be closed from 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, October 24, 2015 to all vehicle traffic in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park for the Big Sur River Run. All vehicles wishing to enter or leave the park must do so before 9 AM or after 12 PM. Campers leaving on Saturday, October 24, 2015 will have an additional hour to check-out.
December storms resulted in mudslides in parts of South Camp Campground. Sections of the campground will remain closed until the area can be rehabilitated. The campsites affected are 72-78. All other areas are open.
Big Sur Sector will be implementing emergency measures to conserve and save water in our parks and campgrounds during our state wide drought. In compliance with the Governor's Executive Order B-29-15, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has begun modifying park operations in order to conserve and save one of California's most valuable resources, our water. Reducing shower times, changing to low flow water faucets, toilets and not watering lawns are some of the emergency measures already in place.
Consistent with Executive Order B-29-15, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park will begin collecting an additional $10.00 stand-alone dump fee on August 1, 2015 from all self-contained recreational vehicles and trailers entering the campground for overnight stays. This onetime per stay dump fee will be collected upon entry. The additional $10.00 fee will help offset costs and upgrades to the park's self-contained sewage treatment plant and the park's self-contained water system and storage facilities.
About Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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. This is a place where the land, the sea, and forests of giant redwoods adjoin in a rugged landscape jigsaw puzzle.In winter, temperatures range from the 20s to the 50s. Summer mornings bring fog, which usually burns off by midday.
This beautiful park features redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Wildlife includes black-tail deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy the many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail. Some campsites are along the Big Sur River. Big Sur Lodge is located in the park .The lodge has 61 guest rooms, a conference center, cafe, and a grocery store. Meeting rooms have space for groups of 10 to 125. Other rooms are available for smaller meetings and workshops, some with fireplaces and kitchens.
The park is located 26 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1.
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.
Big Sur Station - A visitor center for the area parks is south at 47555 Highway 1.
Big Sur Lodge - The lodge concession has 61 rooms, cottages, a conference center, a cafe, a gift shop and a grocery store. Visit www.bigsurlodge.com for details.
Day Use - Valley View trail's east fork leads to a 60-foot waterfall. The many miles of park trails adjoin 200 miles of trails in the nearby Ventana Wilderness of Los Padres National Forest. Visitors may play softball on the field near Big Sur River.
More than 150 recreational vehicle and tent sites sit along the Big Sur River. Two group tent sites and a hike/bike site are available to campers, but no RVs are allowed in these sites. The campfire center has evening programs. Reserve group or family sites up to seven months ahead at http://www.parks.ca.gov/findapark or call (800) 444-7275.
All park features are protected by law and may not be disturbed. Stay on trails to avoid poison oak throughout the park.
Protect fish nests in the river; do not move rocks, branches or other materials.
Please do not feed wildlife.
Except for service animals, pets may not use trails, the river or other natural areas. All animals must be on a six-foot leash.
Nearby State Parks
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
11 miles south of Big Sur on Highway 1
Big Sur 93920 (831) 667-2315
Andrew Molera State Park
4 miles to the north on Highway 1
Big Sur 93920 (831) 667-2315
Available Activities and Facilities at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
En route Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available