Notices & Closures
Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area
The creek crossing is evaluated daily during rain storms to determine whether the facility will be open or closed. If the facility is closed there will be signage at the top of the road to inform you. Please be aware that parking along the road is not allowed and is enforced.
Los Padres National Forest | Big Sur, CA
With its stunning Keyhole Arch rock and distinctive purple sand beach, Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area is a hot spot in the heart of Big Sur. The arch is one of Big Sur’s most photographed sites, While often dangerous currents deter swimmers, the area is great for surfing and strolling along the beach, admiring the purple sand, caused by manganese garnet deposits washed down from the surrounding hills.
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
• Keyhole arch and purple sand beach
• Picnic tables and restrooms
$30.00 per van
$50.00 per bus