Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

UPDATE (July 9, 2020) - California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

As such, State Parks continues to ask visitors to plan ahead, avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. This means no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance. Full details on the guidelines are available at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Below you will find specific information for Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park:

What is open now?
The following is open at this park:
  • Restrooms are open
  • Waters Trail, Tan Bark Trail, Tin House Road, and Partington Cove Trail

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
  • This park unit continues to have limited access; the parking lot is closed to vehicles.
  • Waterfall Overlook Trail, Canyon Trail, Ewoldsen Trail are closed.
  • There is no beach or ocean access at McWay Falls. Cliff areas are completely off limits to all visitors.
  • Camping is not currently available at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
Statewide:
  • Some campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
  • Some high public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Although businesses around the state are opening up, Californians should not travel significant distances for pleasure or recreation and should stay close to home. Parking is very limited or closed at park units across the state. Walk or bike to parks in your local neighborhood. Do not travel if you are sick or if someone in your household has had coronavirus in the last two weeks.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in the outdoors when you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not your immediate household members. For details, please read California Department of Public Health’s guidance for the use of face coverings here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(831) 667-1112

Park Hours

           8 a.m. to Sunset

Dogs Allowed?

No
Dogs not allowed beyond day-use parking lot.

Driving Directions to Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP

The park is 37 miles south of Carmel on Hwy 1, and 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur SP on Hwy 1.

Camping and Lodging

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.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

About Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

* * * CLOSED AREAS ***
THERE IS NO BEACH OR OCEAN ACCESS at McWAY FALLS

Cliff areas beyond the fenced boundaries, including the BEACH, SADDLE ROCK and MCWAY FALLS area are completely off limits. Trespassing into these closed areas is a serious offense, resulting in a citation and arrest. The areas are extremely hazardous. Failure to respect the boundaries has resulted in complex rescue operations and tragic loss of lives. Please stay on the trail and out of these closed areas.

This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged coastline is available from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1.

Weather
 CHECK CURRENT WEATHER
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised. In winter, overnight temperatures can range in the 30s-5os (Fahrenheit). Winter daytime temperatures can be low 50s-70s. In summer, overnight temperatures can range in the 50s-70s, with daytime temperatures typicallys in the 70s-80s. Summer mornings bring fog, which usually burns off by midday.

Location
Near mile marker 35.8 on Highway 1, the park is 37 miles south of Carmel.
 GOOGLE MAP


BIG SUR AREA STATE PARKS CAMPGROUND CLOSURES

ANDREW MOLERA State Park
Trail Camp is CLOSED until further notice due to damaged infrastructure. Please visit Andrew Molera State Park
 
PFEIFFER BIG SUR State Park
Pfeiffer's campground is open for camping. Please visit Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
 
JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS State Park
JP Burns' campground is CLOSED until further notice due to COVID-19. Please visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
 
LIMEKILN State Park
Limekiln's campground is open for camping. Please visit Limekiln State Park

BIG SUR AREA STATE PARKS TRAIL CLOSURES

ANDREW MOLERA State Park: CLOSED TRAILS:  South Boundary, Trail Camp and Hidden.  OPEN TRAILS: Creamery Meadow, Ridge, Bluffs, Panorama, Spring, Bobcat, Coyote Flats, Headlands and East Molera.  NOTE: The seasonal footbridge crossing the Big Sur River has been installed. Hikers wishing to access the beach, Creamery Meadow, Ridge, Bluffs, Panorama and Spring trails do not have to ford the Big Sur River to do so. The footbridge will be removed in October.
 

PFEIFFER BIG SUR State Park: CLOSED TRAILS: Oak Grove, Pfeiffer Falls and Pine Ridge.  OPEN TRAILS: Buzzard's Roost, Valley View, Liewald Flats, Mt. Manuel, River Path, Warden's Path and the Big Sur River Gorge. 
 More trail information at Pfeiffer Big Sur

JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS State Park: CLOSED TRAILS: McWay Falls Overlook and Ewoldsen.  OPEN TRAILS: Tanbark, Tinhouse and Partington Cove.

BIG SUR STATION IS OPEN

Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP

Photograph courtesy of Sharon Pieniak