Pfeiffer Beach Big Sur


UPDATE 8/22/16: Botchers Gap is under a temporary closure. We will update and post updates here.

All of the facilities with the exception of Bottchers Gap listed on this website and under the management of Parks Management are OPEN.  Please check here and our Facebook Page for updates as things may change.

Northern Mileage Mark
Carmel River Bridge (at Rio Road)
From north: 26 miles
Southern Mileage Mark
Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
From south:64 miles

Pfeiffer Beach is located in the heart of Big Sur
1/4 mile south of the Big Sur Ranger Station.

Turn west on Sycamore Canyon Road.

Sycamore Canyon Road:

  • Access to Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area may be closed at any given time when the limited parking area is full.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  Please keep this in mind on your next visit to Big Sur.
  • Watch for and please obey ALL traffic signs.
  • Be careful of other traffic, including pedestrian traffic.
  • The road is very narrow, one lane at time, so please drive slowly
  • Watch for adults and children as you travel the 2 miles from Highway 1 to the beach.
  • If the signs say closed, yes the parking lot is closed.  Please do not turn onto Sycamore Canyon.

Pfeiffer Beach is a Day Use Area, no overnight camping.

  • Hours: 9:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m
  • 7 days a week
  • Parking Fee $10.00, not valid for re-entry
  • Shuttle Buses/Large Vans $30.00