CCC stonework of the Weyland Bridge in Pfeiffer Big Sur, photo by Joe Engbeck

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows.  Hikers can enjoy the many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail.  Some campsites are along the Big Sur River.  Big Sur Lodge is located in the park.The lodge has 61 guest rooms, a conference center, cafe, and a grocery store. Meeting rooms have space for groups of 10 to 125. Other rooms are available for smaller meetings and workshops, some with fireplaces and kitchens.

While the park was established in 1928, funds for park infrastructure, such as roads, visitor facilities, and campgrounds, were limited.  The CCC camp SP-12 known as Camp Big Sur was established in the fall of 1933.  The enrollees at Camp Big Sur fought wildfires and developed a vast array of visitor facilities including a dance floor, swimming pool and outdoor theater, all of which were later destroyed by flooding.  Masonry was utilized to create many of the features at Pfeiffer Big Sur including drinking fountains, buildings, bridge abutments, and picnic tables.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has these CCC features:
Weyland Bridge, Outdoor Theater, Nature Center, Recreation Hall, Several Residences, Masonry Comfort Station, Picnic Tables and Day Use Campsites

CCC crew member working on stone culvert in 1936

CCC construction of custodian's cottage at Pfeiffer Big Sur in 1934

CCC built this water fountain in 1941 at Pfeiffer Big Sur, photo by Matt Bischoff

CCC crew works on Sawmill Flat campsite at Pfeiffer Big Sur in 1934

Camp Big Sur men and trucks in motor pool 1936

CCC constructed masonry restroom at Pfeiffer Big Sur in 1938
Park Information:

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur Station #1
Big Sur, CA 93920
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Pictured: Top Stonework of the Weyland Bridge, built by the CCC over the Big Sur River, photo by Joe Engbeck, California State Parks. Middle CCC crew member working on a stone culvert in 1936 and CCC crews building the custodian's cottage in 1934. CCC built water fountain (one of eight at state park), photo by Matt Bischoff, and CCC crew of Camp Big Sur working on Sawmill Flat campsite in 1934.  Lower historic photo of Camp Pfeiffer Big Sur men and trucks in motor pool 1936. Bottom masonry restroom built by the CCC, photo 1938.