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Garrapata State Park

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(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).

Online reservations are not available for this park.

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September 27, 2016 News Release

Areas of Garrapata State Park to Remain Closed

Soberanes Fire Information - Big Sur Area Parks

Updated November 7, 2016

Andrew Molera State Park

  • Open:  Day use and trails, including trail camp, west of Hwy 1 are now open.
  • Closed: All lands east of Hwy 1 closed to public entry.

Garrapata State Park

  • Open:  Park lands west of highway 1 including Garrapata Beach is open
  • Closed:  All park lands east of Highway 1 closed to public entry.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

  • Open: All areas now open

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

  • Open: Big Sur Lodge is open. More information: Big Sur Lodge.  Buzzards Roost trail is open as it leads hikers west of highway 1.
  • Closed:  Park remains closed until further notice other than noted above.

Point Sur Light Station Historic State Park

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

  • Open:  Remains open

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