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Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.

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Description - Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has 800 acres of redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows that are interspersed with open meadows.

Attractions - Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has 800 acres of redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows that are interspersed with open meadows. Wildlife includes wild boars, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers.

Recreation - Hikers can enjoy the many scenic loops, including a self-guided nature loop. Overlooks provide spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur Gorge. Campsites are along the Big Sur River. The Big Sur Lodge operates room and cabin accommodations.

Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is located 26 miles south of Carmel on Highway One.

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Filed By: D.O.B. (Sacramento, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: What can I say? This is one of the most awesome California State Parks I have ever been to. I actually just got back from a Spring Break trip and the campground was PACKED!!! I would recommend making reservations months in advance, as this is a prime location. They are a large campground with over 200 sites where you can camp under redwoods or oak trees, and they have premium sites by the Big Sur River that will cost you more per night but are worth it. If you like hiking, the park as many trails ranging from 1/2 mile nature trail to 6+ miles with breathtaking views. Get in shape before you go though. And, ask the front gate how to get to Pfeiffer Beach. For $5 you can park and enjoy an awesome beach with cliffs, soft sand, and sand dunes with purple sand! By far, a great camping location.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We visited this campground in May 2003 and had a great time. We had been there once before, but hadn't really taken the time to explore. We managed to find Pfiefer Beach which, from the highway can be a little hard to spot the signs. From the north, before you reach the "Post Office" there is a small road that warns against large vehicles. It is narrow and winding and can be a little intimidating, but the beach at the end is worth it. It has probably the softest sand I've ever felt. A couple miles south of the campground is a tourist information center that I recommend for all first time visitors. We stopped in and asked about the best place to see the sunset. The ranger recommended a bluff that overlooks the area. He was right, it was spectacular. The only dissapointment/frustration we had was that there had been some sort of problem with one of the restroom buildings. Not all of the restrooms have showers so when one with showers goes down, the other showers are packed. It was kind of a hassle to have to walk a ways down to the next shower, then have to wait in line for an hour. Hopefully that is fixed now. Hope you have as great a time as we did at this beautiful park.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Campsites available along the Big Sur River.

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Contact Information:
Momterey District Headquarters, 2211 Garden Road , Monterey, CA, 93940, Phone: 831-649-2836, Fax: 831-649-2847

Additional Information:
California Beaches -
Central Coast State Parks and Beaches - The Central Coast Region, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, features the Big Sur Coast and Hearst Castle as well as numerous state park sites.
Monterey Area -
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California State Parks - Official agency website.
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