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Attention : Due to the December wildfire, the group camps at Pfeiffer Big Sur are closed. Please check the web periodically for updates.
Attention: South Camp, Sites 1-78, will be under construction and repaved from Monday, May 5 through Thursday, May 8. Wayland Camp and Main Camp will remain open during paving, but beware that road delays and construction noise may occur throughout the day. South Camp will re-open for reservations Friday, May 9 at 2 p.m.




Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has 1,006 acres of redwood, oak, chaparral, and meadow areas. Hikers can enjoy 8 miles of hiking trails within the park and over 200 miles of trails in the Ventana Wilderness (USFS) which borders the park. Overlooks provide views of the Big Sur Valley and the Big Sur River Gorge. There is no coastal access from this park.

For larger groups, two tent-only, walk-in Group Campsites are available for reservation. These campsites feature a large camping area, picnic tables, flush toilets, and access to one small amphitheater.

When the campground is full, en route camping may be available for vehicles with onboard flush toilets (usually motor homes and trailers). This is from 5 PM to 9 AM, maximum 1 night stay. The fee is the same as the campsite fee.

Fishing in the area is highly restricted. See Department of Fish and Game regulations for fishing information.

The concessionaire-operated Big Sur Lodge offers motel-type cottage accommodations (1-800-424-4787).

For Special Events in the parks such as weddings and large celebrations, please e-mail Special Events at BigSurEvents@parks.ca.gov.

For any business operations in the park, including but not limited to guided tours, photography classes, and film shoots, contact the special events line at bigsurevents@parks.ca.gov.

Check the State Parks website for additional information on the weather, suggested day hikes, or to see the park brochure, campground map, park photos, video, and more. Information available will vary from park to park.Click here

Park Kiosk Hours: Hi Season: 9am-10pm Lo Season: 9am-5pm.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Big Sur Lodge
  • Comfort Station
  • Convenience Store
  • Dump Station (Campers Only)
  • Entrance Station
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information Center
  • Kiosk
  • Laundry
  • Nature Center
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Telephone
Alerts and Important Information
  • The campground has been renumbered. To see a list of the old campsite numbers, Visit Our Site and Click on the PDF link.

  • Closures: Some trails in the park still remain closed due to fire and flood damage. .

  • Camping fees cover one vehicle and one legally towed vehicle. Any additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park.
  • A Maximum of two vehicles are allowed to park at a campsite, including pop-ups, trailers, and motorcycles.
  • All Equipment, including trailers, extra vehicles, awnings, pop outs, and slide outs must fit within the parking boundary.
  • Maximum Vehicle dimensions: 12 feet high, 27 feet long for 5th wheels and trailers, 32 feet long for motorhomes. Vehicles longer than these dimensions will not be permitted into the campground.
  • Only registered campers are allowed in the campground. Due to congestion and traffic constraints, free passes for deliveries or passenger drop off are not permitted.

    Accessible Sites:
  • Any discount pass must be presented at time of check in.
  • Your DMV Disabled Placard/License Plate does not automatically give you a discount on your campsite. You will need to obtain a CA State park-issued Disabled Discount Pass (DDP) or Distinguished Veterans Pass (DVP).
  • Visitors reserving accessible campsites must possess a DMV Disabled Placard or license plates issued by DMV (or similar agency of another state). A Disabled Veterans license plate will also be accepted when reserving or occupying an accessible campsite. At the time of check-in, visitors must show the DMV placard. The disabled visitor must be an occupant of the site for the entire reservation period. No refunds will be issued for invalid reservations.

    Campground Rules:
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur is site specific for reservations. You will select your site at the time your reservation is made.
  • Check out is 12 PM. Check in is 2 PM. Checkout times are strictly enforced.
  • Dogs must be on a maximum 6 foot leash and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed on trails or in the Big Sur River Gorge.
  • Maximum 8 people per campsite.
  • Minors under 18 must have guardian authorization.
  • During peak season this park has a maximum stay limit of 7 consecutive nights. Once the limit has been reached, the persons, equipment, and/or vehicles must vacate the campground for at least 48 hours before returning for another stay.
  • Getting There:

    The park is located 26 miles south of Carmel on Highway One.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    47555 Highway 1
    BIG SUR CA 93920

    Phone Number:

    Project Office:(831)667-2315