Contact Number

  • (831) 667-1112

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • 8am to Sunset

Park Activities

Dogs allowed on the Warden's Path and River Path, and in day-use lots and campground. Dogs not allowed on all other trails.
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Trailer: 27 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 32 Feet
En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Food Service
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

The park is located 26 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1.


Northbound / Southbound 1 Full Closure

From South end of Limekiln Creek Bridge to Dolan Point

Due to Emergency Work
No estimated time for reopening of closure.
Information courtesy of 

Last updated: 05/29/2024 5:01pm

Closure map of highway 1. Current closure is Regent's slide, a 6.8 mile stretch of highway north of Limekiln and south of Eselen Institute.


About Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park


The turn-off for popular Pfeiffer Beach is located on Highway 1, approximately one mile south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park's entrance. Heading south from the State Park entrance, it is the second right turn. Pfeiffer Beach is not a California State Park and charges a separate entrance fee.

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, where the Big Sur River enters this popular park. Walk along the banks of the river and among the redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows. A large campground accommodates hikers, bikers, car campers and RVers. Many campsites are located along the Big Sur River. Wildlife includes bobcats, black-tail deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as dippers and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail. Big Sur Lodge is located in the park. The lodge has 61 guest rooms, a conference center, cafe, and a grocery store.


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

Near mile marker 47.2 on Highway 1, the park is located 26 miles south of Carmel.

swimming hole

Ewoldsen Nature Center Now Open Friday through Tuesday

The Ewoldsen Nature Center is now open for all visitors to enjoy on
Friday through Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Set amidst life-size murals of Big Sur's natural habitat areas, visitors are encouraged to learn about the flora and fauna of Pfeiffer State Park and beyond. Adults and children alike can experience what it's like to "Fly like a Condor" at our digital condor flight station designed with actual Big Sur condor flight patterns. Hosted by State Parks staff and volunteers, the Ewoldsen Nature Center is a place of wonder and delight for all who stop by.

We'd love to see you here!!

Ewoldsen Nature Center

Junior Rangers


Park Interpretive Programs

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