Big Sur Open

The following information is provided courtesy of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Highway One is Open!

The Big Sur area has been suffered more than its fair share of natural disasters and damage in the last year. A recent mudslide near Mud Creek has compounded road closures in the Southern Big Sur area for the moment. However, much of this beautiful stretch of Highway 1 in Monterey County is open, as are many parts of the Big Sur coastline. 

If you are coming to Big Sur, keep the following travel restrictions in mind, despite road closures, you can still have a wonderful Big Sur experience!

Highway 1 From Monterey Peninsula into Big Sur is OPEN (From Monterey to the Big Sur Ranger Station) Visitors from Pacific Grove can take Highway 1 south all the way to Big Sur until the Big Sur Ranger Station, just before the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. At that point, visitors will be turned around to take Highway 1 north to Highway 68 where they will be able to access Highway 101 to drive South.

Big Sur Village, north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is open and accessible, but there is no through route available. Estimated completion date of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is September 30, 2017. Please note, until further notice there is a hard closure of Highway 1 at the Big Sur Ranger Station before Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

Partial access to southern Big Sur via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road from Highway 101 from Limekiln State Park to Gorda is Open. Note: Visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when driving along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road as it is narrow and very windy and should only be traveled during daylight hours.

For more details, please see the map and list of road closures below.

  • Highway 1 in Big Sur
    • Closed at Big Sur Ranger Station before Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Motorists must not get within 100 feet of either side of the bridge.
    • The last turnaround is at Big Sur Ranger Station. Due to potential traffic, we encourage visitors to turn around after reaching their destinations.
  • Please visit QuickMaps for updates http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

Please check the CalTrans website and the Monterey County Public Works website for the latest road closures.

TURN AROUND LOCATIONS

For visitors planning to travel to Big Sur, we encourage you to stay alert and be mindful and respectful to CHP, Caltrans and other public service and safety workers who are continuing to restore the destination after the winter weather impacts. Please use turnouts, legal parking areas and pull over when appropriate..

For more information services, please visit CA State Parks and the Sur Transportation. NOTE: While the parking lot at Andrew Molera State Park will be open for shuttle parking, all other facilities at this park, including the campground and trails, remain closed.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Please take note of fire restrictions enforced at local parks and campgrounds. For more info click here.

The following restrictions are currently in effect:

  • No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted outside of developed recreation sites or designated Campfire Use Sites (list attached), even with a valid California Campfire Permit. Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be permitted, but only with a valid California Campfire Permit, which are available free-of-charge on the Forest website and at any Forest Service office. Forest visitors must clear all flammable material for five feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times during use.
     
  • Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or a designated Campfire Use Site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
     
  • Internal combustion engines may be operated only on roads or designated trails. This restriction is in effect year-round. Please make sure your engine is tuned, operating properly, and has an approved spark arrester.

For a list of Developed Recreation Sites and Campfire Use Sites in Los Padres National Forest, or further information regarding Fire-Safe Camping, visit www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf or contact the Forest Service district office nearest you.