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. Campers at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Campground are at one of the most beautiful spots in Big Sur.

  • Enjoy the beauty of the waterfall cascading onto the beach at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
  • Run your bare feet through the green sand and view the spectacular rocks at Pfeiffer Beach.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Key Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park 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

Notice: 2017 winter storm damage to roads and facilities has affected many area parks. "Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is closed and not accessible until further notice due to road closures, rock slides and dangerous conditions on Highway 1." [ June 9, 2017] Read full details at Julia Pfeffer Burns State Park.

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 Campground 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.

Changes in California State Parks Reservation System

California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Campground Basics
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Campground 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 for Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Campground
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
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park 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
Attractions near Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Campground: Enjoy scenic hiking trails. View the waterfall. Spend time watching for whales, sea lions, seals, and sea otters. Visit the McWay Waterfall House. Tour Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park with a Nature Center, Visitor Center, Convenience store, and hiking trails. Spend a night at Big Sur Lodge. Take a picnic to nearby Pfeiffer Beach.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.


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