Contact Number

  • (831) 667-1112

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • 8am to Sunset

Park Activities

No
Dogs not allowed beyond day-use parking lot.
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Environmental Campsites
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Park Directions

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The park is 37 miles south of Carmel on Hwy 1, and 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur SP on Hwy 1.

HIGHWAY 1 CLOSURES

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

Highway Closures Map

About Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

* * * CLOSED AREAS ***
THERE IS NO BEACH OR OCEAN ACCESS at McWAY FALLS

Cliff areas beyond the fenced boundaries, including the BEACH, SADDLE ROCK and MCWAY FALLS area are completely off limits. Trespassing into these closed areas is a serious offense, resulting in a citation and arrest. The areas are extremely hazardous. Failure to respect the boundaries has resulted in complex rescue operations and tragic loss of lives. Please stay on the trail and out of these closed areas.

This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well-respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean waters of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The higher elevation trails east of Highway 1 (currently closed) offer panoramic views of the sanctuary and miles of rugged coastline.

Weather
 CHECK CURRENT WEATHER
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-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.

Location
Near mile marker 35.8 on Highway 1, the park is 37 miles south of Carmel.
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP