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Garrapata State Park

Contact Information

(831) 624-4909

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Driving Directions to Garrapata SP

The park is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel (18 miles north of Big Sur).

Reservation Notice

Beginning Aug. 1, 2017, California State Parks is moving to a new reservation system to make it easier for you to reserve camping and lodging sites! For more information, such as FAQs, please visit ReserveCalifornia™

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

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February 13, 2017 – Gates 8-9 on the west side of Garrapata State Park are closed due to a trail improvement project. This area will be under construction until early Summer 2017.  


News Release Areas of Garrapata State Park to Remain Closed

Soberanes Fire and Winter Storm Information - Big Sur Area Parks

Updated February 1, 2017

Andrew Molera State Park

  • Closed until further notice due to flooding from recent heavy rains.

Garrapata State Park

  • Open:  Park lands west of highway 1 including Garrapata Beach open with the exception of Gates 8 & 9.
  • Closed:  All park lands east of Highway 1 closed to public entry.
  • Closed: Gates 8-9 are closed due to a trail construction project until early summer 2017. 

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

  • Closed until further notice.

Limekiln State Park

  • Closed until further notice.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

  • Open: Big Sur Lodge is open. More information: Big Sur Lodge.  
  • Closed:  Park remains closed due to the impact from the 2016 Soberanes Fire and flooding from recent heavy rains. Buzzards Roost Trail is also closed until further notice.

Point Sur Light Station Historic State Park

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve


The park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves. The park also features outstanding coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.

The park is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel (18 miles north of Big Sur).

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.

More Information

Brochure with Park & Trail Map


Dogs are only allowed on Garrapata Beach and must be kept on a leash (6-foot maximum length) at all times.  Observe all posted park signs.  

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Available Activities and Facilities at Garrapata State Park

Hiking Trails
Guided Tours
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs