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.
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.
|Location:||Highway 1, 37 miles south of Carmel and 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park|
|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|
|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|
|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|