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

The Santa Cruz - Monterey coast is filled with attractions from great surfing destinations around Santa Cruz to the wild and scenic Big Sur coast. Visitors to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground are in the heart of Big Sur's scenic wonders.

  • Enjoy the beauty of the waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
  • Walk on 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.
  • Outstanding 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 should not be missed. There are also many more wonders to be enjoyed all the way along the Big Sur coast.
  • Capitola Beach's Labor Day weekend Begonia Festival is always a big hit.
  • Visit beautiful Sand Dollar Beach and Jade Cove.

Key Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground Regulations

  1. Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife.
  2. Dogs are not allowed on the trails or on the beaches. Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  3. Quiet Hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  4. Generators may only be operated from 10 AM to 8 PM.
  5. For safety, stay on the hiking trails as the canyon walls are steep.

Pfeiffer Big Sur SP Campground

Notice: 2017 winter storm damage to roads and facilities has affected access to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park from the south as well as some park features. Read full details at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

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 Campground is 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 Campground 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".

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."

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

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 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
Attractions near Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground: Visit the Nature Center and the Visitor Center. Take adzvantage of the convenience store. Enjoy many hiking trails. Stay the night at Big Sur Lodge. Visit nearby Pfeiffer Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

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.


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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