Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Campground

Monterey County

Big Sur

watrerfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, CA

Santa Cruz - Monterey Beach Attractions

Visitors to the Santa Cruz - Monterey coast find a wide variety of attractions from popular surfing destinations around Santa Cruz to the wild and scenic Big Sur coast.

  • Surfing is popular at Santa Cruz's famous Steamer Lane as well as to the south at Carmel
  • Excellent pier fishing can be enjoyed at Santa Cruz's well developed wharf as well as at the Capitola's pier and the popular Seacliff Beach pier and concrete ship.
  • For wildlife and scenery, Point Lobos State Park leads the list. There are also many more wonders to be enjoyed all the way down the Big Sur coast.
  • Attend the Begonia Festival on Labor Day weekend at Capitola Beach
  • Visit beautiful Sand Dollar Beach and Jade Cove
  • Enjoy the beauty of the waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
  • See the green sand and the spectacular rocks at Pfeiffer Beach

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife
  2. Dogs are not permitted on trails, at the campground, or on the beaches.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP Campground

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is along the scenic Big Sur coast, 37 miles south of Carmel. The park extends from the coast up the slopes to nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features views from the Overlook Trail of an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean. Panoramic views of the ocean and the rugged coastline are available from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park has only 2 campsites, considered among the most beautiful camping spots along the Big Sur coast. The campsites are tent-only, walk-in sites south of McWay Cove. Campers at the two environmental sites must bring in their own water and firewood and pack out all their trash. Reservations are required. Site #1, Saddle Rock Campsite, is located closest to the ocean and has wonderful views. Site #2, South Gardens, is situated slightly back amidst mustard flowers, which attract darting hummingbirds.

Campground Basics
Location: Highway 1, 37 miles south of Carmel and 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 2
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer
Pets: No pets allowed at the campsites
Information: (831) 667-2315

Reservations required year-round
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival.
New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None
Fees: $30 per night
Reservations: Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP Campground Reservations
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

Julia Pfeiffer Burns Campground Amenities
Campsites: picnic table, fire ring with grill, food storage locker
Campground: Portable toilers, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP Camping Map
Nearby Attractions: Hiking trails, waterfall, whale watching, sea otters, underwater area, McWay Waterfall House, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park with a Nature Center, Visitor Center, Convenience store, hiking trails, Big Sur Lodge; nearby Pfeiffer Beach

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