Monterey District

POINT LOBOS CLOSED JANUARY 25-29, 2021

Temporary Closure of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: JAN. 25-29, 2021

California State Parks will be temporarily closing public access to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve beginning Monday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, due to scheduled tree maintenance and removals. Due to the work locations within the Reserve and amount of equipment involved, the Reserve will remain temporarily closed for the duration of the project.

For more information about Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/pointlobos, or contact the Point Lobos Kiosk to confirm re-opening between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.: (831) 624-4909.

 

BIG SUR AREA - WHAT'S OPEN UPDATE 12-10-20

  • California State Parks has reopened Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Andrew Molera State Park, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park for active recreation day use. Some walking trails are open, and parking is available to vehicles on a limited basis. Social distancing protocols of maintaining a 6-ft distance and wearing masks are required. 

  • Due to the critical need to stop the #COVID19 surge, campground sites in Monterey County will temporarily be closed starting Sunday, December 13. Affected reservation holders will be contacted by ReserveCalifornia via email. Cancellations & refunds will be automatic.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park- closed for camping effective December 13, 2020.
Open for day use - - see park unit webpage for more information.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns:  The environmental campsites are closed for camping effective December 13, 2020. 
The parking lot, restroom, Partington Cove Trail and Waterfall Overlook Trail at Julia Pfeiffer Burns are now open.  All trails east of Highway 1 (including Ewoldsen, Canyon, Tan Bark and Tin House) remain closed until further notice due to damage caused by the Dolan Fire. See park unit webpage for more information.

Andrew Molera: : Hiking trails and beach walking are open for day use. NOTE: Campground is closed indefinitely.

Limekiln: Beach and restroom facilities are open for day use.  NOTE:  Limekiln Campground will be closed through April 1, 2021. Hiking trails are CLOSED due to fire damage.

The Pt Sur State Historic Park - closed for tours on December 13, 2020. Please visit www.pointsur.org or call 831-625-4419 for tour information.

Also opened is the Soberanes Canyon Trail in Garrapata State Park –located on the east side of Highway 1.  California State Parks continues to work to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved.

Closures:

  • Campgrounds closed effective December 13: Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP and Pfeiffer Big Sur SP

  • Pt Sur State Historic Park closed for tours effective December 13.
  • The Andrew Molera campground remains closed due to prior flood damage
  • Limekiln Campground is closed through April 1, 2021 due to fire damage

  • John Little State Natural Reserve is closed indefinitely

BIG SUR STATION / MULTI-AGENCY FACILITY

TEL (831) 667-2315
FAX (831) 667-2886

WELCOME TO MONTEREY DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS

Welcome to the California State Parks - Monterey District website!     Bird Island Point Lobos
We hope to provide information on this site to welcome and prepare our visitors to the beautiful Monterey District State Parks!

Due to recent concerns regarding COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and after a great deal of careful consideration, the California State Parks Monterey District Front Office has been temporarily
closed until further notice, but you may contact us using the information below.

HOW TO REACH US: 

Monterey District Front Office Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - by appointment made in advance due to COVID-19 safety compliance
Please note: our office is closed from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. daily.
We are also closed on all recognized California State holidays.

Monterey District Front Office 

TELEPHONE   (831) 649-2836
FAX   (831) 647-6239
MAILING ADDRESS   2211 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940

Brent Marshall - Monterey District Superintendent: (831) 649-2836
Maria Avelino - Monterey District Administrative Officer III: (831) 649-2826

 

MONTEREY DISTRICT STATE PARKS

ANDREW MOLERA SP
ASILOMAR SB AND CONFERENCE GROUNDS
ASILOMAR DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
CARMEL RIVER SB
CARMEL RIVER LAGOON & WETLANDS NATURAL PRESERVE
GARRAPATA SP
HATTON CANYON
JOHN LITTLE SR
FORT ORD DUNES SP
JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS SP

MARINA DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
MARINA SB
MONTEREY SB
MONTEREY SHP
MOSS LANDING SB
OHLONE COASTAL CULTURAL PRESERVE
PAJARO RIVER MOUTH NATURAL PRESERVE
PFEIFFER BIG SUR SP
POINT LOBOS SR
POINT LOBOS RANCH
POINT SUR SHP
POINT SUR DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
SALINAS RIVER DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE

SALINAS RIVER MOUTH NATURAL PRESERVE
SALINAS RIVER SB
ZMUDOWSKI SB

California State Parks Pass Price List

Please Note:

Pass sales are currently being conducted by appointment ONLY. To schedule an appointment please call: 831-574-9018

Full Price Annual Passes

California Explorer    $195.00

Golden Poppy Pass    $125.00

Discount Annual Passes

Golden Bear                      $5.00

Limited Use Golden Bear    $20.00

Disabled Discount Pass       $3.50

  

California State Parks Pass Sales

Please note: Pass sales are currently being conducted by appointment ONLY. To schedule an appointment please call: 831-574-9018. The pass price list is above.

The California State Parks Monterey District Front Office has resumed CA State Parks Pass sales and renewals   Parks Pass Sales
by appointment only at our customer service window located adjacent to the
District Office front entrance.

We are selling the California Explorer, Golden Poppy, Golden Bear, Limited Use Golden Bear, and Disabled Discount passes,
Monday through Friday, between the hours of  8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
(Office is closed for staff lunch between 12:00 noon and 12:45 p.m.) 
At this time the Monterey District Office is accepting payment for pass sales
and renewals by credit card only.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Monterey District Front Office at 831-574-9018,
or send us an email request at Monterey.AdminStaff@parks.ca.gov 

Be "In The Know": Alcohol, Bonfires and Pets at Monterey State Beaches

NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 PROPER SOCIAL DISTANCING AT BEACHES IS REQUESTED. 

IS ALCOHOL ALLOWED AT STATE BEACHES?

Alcohol consumption is not allowed at Monterey District State Beaches. Please check with local municipalities regarding alcohol consumption at other Monterey Peninsula beaches.

ARE BONFIRES ALLOWED AT STATE BEACHES? 

Bonfires are NOT allowed on State Beaches due to environmental and safety concerns. Portable camp stoves, such as Hibachi or Weber, are permitted for food preparation and consumption on site. Persons using approved devices for cooking must remove all unexpected fuel (coals, briquettes, etc.) from the beach. Dumping hot coals and ash, and burying in the sand not only harms the environment, but can potentially harm other beach goers.

YOUR HELP is needed to keep our beautiful beaches CLEAN and SAFE by packing out trash. Trash receptacles are located at beach entries for your convenience.

CAN I BRING PETS TO STATE BEACHES?

Dogs are allowed ON leash at Asilomar State Beach, Carmel River State Beach, and on paved trails at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.

Please consider families with infants and young children who frequent the beach when walking dogs. You are required to keep your dog under control and we ask that you pick up after your pet.

THANK YOU for keeping out beautiful beaches CLEAN and SAFE for ALL!! To learn more about CA State Parks' policy regarding dogs at State Parks visit or Dog at Parks page.

Dogs are NOT allowed on the beaches at Zmudowski, Moss Landing, Salinas River, Marina, Fort Ord Dunes, Seaside, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and Garrapata park units. Many of these beaches are home to nesting sites for the Western Snowy Plover. Point Lobos is a State Reserve with highly protected habitat areas that do not allow for visitation with pets.

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