Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground

Monterey County

Big Sur

Sign at entrance to Pfeiffer Big Sur 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.

Pfeiffer Big Sur SP Campground

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park rests on the western slope of the Santa Lucia Mountains and inland from the Big Sur coast. Visitors to the park enjoy hiking trails along fern lined creeks through forests of redwoods. Many of the popular beaches of the area are only a short drive away.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park's campgrounds are along the Big Sur River. The park offers 170 family campsites. Forty-six of them are tent-only sites, while the remainder can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. The campground also has 2 Group Campsites and a Hike & Bike site.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has begun collecting a $10 fee for RVs or trailers to help pay for upgrades to the park's "self-contained sewage treatment plant and self-contained water system and storage facilities".

Campground Basics
Location: Highway 1, 26 miles south of Carmel
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 170
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (831) 667-2315

Reservations available most available year-round whenever campgrounds are open
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.
Maximum vehicle length Trailers 27 feet
RVs 32 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: #45, 126, 147
Fees: Standard site $35 per night
Premium site $50 per night
Hike & Bike $5 per person
Reservations: Pfeiffer Big Sur SP Campground Reservations
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground Amenities
Campsites: picnic table, fire ring with grill, food storage locker
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water, WiFi, coin laundry
Showers: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: Pfeiffer Big Sur SP Campground Map
Nearby Attractions: Nature Center, Visitor Center, Convenience store, hiking trails, Big Sur Lodge, nearby Pfeiffer Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur Group Campsite

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has 2 group campsites. Each of these tent-only sites can accommodate between 9 and 35 people and up to 10 vehicles. There is no vehicle access to the group campsites. Campers park on west side of Highway 1 and walk about ¼-mile in to the campground across a seasonal wooden footbridge. No trailers or motor homes can be used at this site.

Each group campsite has a fire ring, potable water and picnic tables. There is a shared restroom facility with flush toilets, but no showers. Campers may use the showers in the main campground. There is also a group picnic/BBQ area and small amphitheater nearby. The amphitheater seats 50 people.

Fee: $150 per night
Reservations: Pfeiffer Big Sur Group Camp Reservations

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