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Introduction

Trails

  • πŸ₯Ύ Buzzard's Roost: A 3-mile roundtrip hike with a 750-foot elevation gain, offering panoramic views of the ocean, Sycamore Canyon, and the Santa Lucia Mountains.
  • 🌿 Nature Trail: A 0.7-mile easy, self-guided trail to learn about Big Sur's native plants. Closed intermittently in 2024 for improvements.
  • 🐾 River Path and Warden's Path: A 0.6-mile loop that is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible, allowing dogs and passing through picnic areas.
  • πŸŒ„ Valley View and Pfeiffer Falls Trail: A 2-mile roundtrip hike with a 500-foot elevation gain, offering views of the Big Sur River Valley and a 60-foot waterfall.
  • 🌊 Big Sur River Gorge: A 0.5-mile paved trail leading to an undeveloped natural area. Adventurous hikers can continue by wading in the river.
  • ⛰️ Mt. Manuel Trail: An 8-mile roundtrip strenuous hike offering views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and the ocean.
  • 🏞️ Pine Ridge Trail: A 23-mile one-way trail popular with backpackers, leading to Sykes Hot Springs.

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Camping

  • πŸ•οΈ Campground: The park has a large campground that accommodates hikers, bikers, car campers, and RVers.
  • 🌲 Location: Many campsites are located along the Big Sur River.
  • πŸ”₯ Amenities: Campground amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms.
  • πŸ“… Reservations: Reservations are recommended and can fill up six months in advance.
  • 🐾 Pet Policy: Pets are allowed in the campground but must be kept on a leash.

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Lodging

  • 🏨 Big Sur Lodge: Located within the park, offering 61 guest rooms, a conference center, cafe, and a grocery store.
  • πŸ›οΈ Rooms: The lodge has various room types, some with fireplaces and kitchens.
  • πŸ“… Reservations: Reservations are recommended due to high demand.
  • 🏞️ Location: The lodge is set amidst the park's natural beauty, providing easy access to trails and the Big Sur River.

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Wildlife

  • 🦌 Black-tail Deer: Commonly seen throughout the park.
  • 🐿️ Gray Squirrels: Frequently spotted in the wooded areas.
  • 🦝 Raccoons: Often seen near campsites and picnic areas.
  • 🦨 Skunks: Present in the park, usually active at night.
  • 🐦 Birds: Includes water ouzels, belted kingfishers, dippers, and wild turkeys.
  • 🐱 Bobcats: Occasionally spotted in the park.

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Weather

  • 🌦️ Changeable Weather: Weather can be unpredictable; layered clothing is advised.
  • ❄️ Winter: Overnight temperatures range from 30s-50sΒ°F, daytime temperatures from 50s-70sΒ°F.
  • β˜€οΈ Summer: Overnight temperatures range from 50s-70sΒ°F, daytime temperatures from 70s-80sΒ°F.
  • 🌫️ Fog: Summer mornings often bring fog, which usually burns off by midday.

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History

  • 🏞️ Establishment: Established in 1933, the park is located on land once owned by John Pfeiffer.
  • 🌲 Preservation: John Pfeiffer sold the land to the state to preserve its natural beauty.
  • πŸ›οΈ Development: The Civilian Conservation Corps developed trails and facilities during the Great Depression.
  • πŸ”₯ Wildfires: The park has been affected by wildfires, including the Basin Complex Fire in 2008.
  • πŸ•οΈ Restoration: Restoration efforts continue to preserve the park's redwood groves and wildlife.

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Visitor Information

  • πŸ“ Location: Near mile marker 47.2 on Highway 1, 26 miles south of Carmel.
  • πŸ•’ Hours: The park is open year-round, but some trails may be closed intermittently for maintenance.
  • πŸ’° Fees: Entrance fees apply; check the park's website for current rates.
  • πŸš— Parking: Ample parking is available, but it can fill up quickly during peak times.
  • πŸ“ž Contact: For more information, visit the park's official website or contact the park office.

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: (831) 667-1112
🌐   Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=570
πŸ•’Β Β Β Hours: See hours
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: CA-1, Big Sur, CA
πŸ”—Β Β Β Profiles: X (Twitter)

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