Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

UPDATE (May 1, 2020): This park unit continues to be temporarily closed. The full closure means there is no public access at these public outdoor spaces on a temporary basis to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. All restrooms are closed, and there are no parking facilities open for visitors, recreational boats or off-highway vehicles. No form of activities is permitted (including sunbathing, walking, jogging or watersports).

Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access to ensure Californians are abiding and practicing physical distancing. The goals are to make sure people are safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. To view the list of closures and what they mean to the public, please visit www.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