Monterey Ranger District

Updated: September 28, 2018

Know Before You Go!

Please contact the Monterey Ranger District office or the Big Sur Station for information about road condtions, campground camping, disperse camping, backpacking, hiking, hunting and beach access.

Monterey Ranger District: 831-385-5434 X 0 (open Mon-Fri, 8-4:30pm)

Big Sur Visitor Center: 831-667-2315 (open daily)

Current Highway 1 Status - OPEN

For more information, please visit: 

Current Restrictions

Road Alerts

  • South Coast Ridge Road is 4-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles only
  • Tassajara Road - 4-wheel drive only
  • Palo Colorado Rd at Hwy 1 and Botcher's Gap Campground is closed until further notice (only open to residents)
  • The North Coast Ridge Road is closed permanently to vehicle traffic
  • Nacimiento Rd (No dispersed camping on Nacimiento Rd) 
  • Cone Peak Road is open

Trail and Trail Camp Closures

Pine Ridge Trail and Sykes Hot Springs are closed until further notice. See the Forest Order .  Trail Closure Map. Why can’t I go to Sykes? To learn more about the condition of the Pine Ridge Trail in Big Sur, CLICK HERE

  • Pine Ridge (Forest Trail No. E306) 
  • Terrace Creek (Forest Trail No. 3E22)
  • Ventana Camp (Forest Trail No. 2E14)
  • Barlow Flat, Sykes, Redwood, Terrace Creek and Ventana Camps.

Campground Closures

  • Botcher's Gap Campground
  • Piney Creek Campgrounds

Open Forest Service Day Use Areas, Beaches and Campgrounds

  • Arroyo Seco Campground, Group Campground and Day Use Area
  • China Camp Campground
  • Escondido Campground
  • Kirk Creek Canmpground
  • Nacimiento Campground
  • Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area
  • Plaskett Creek Campground
  • Ponderosa Campground
  • Sand Dollar Beach Day Use Area
  • Santa Lucia Memorial Campground
  • White Oak Campground
  • Willow Creek Day Use Area

For more information about the Parks Managemnet Company that manages Plaskett Creek, Kirk Creek, Botcher's Gap (closed), White Oaks, China Camp, Nacimiento, Ponderosa and Arroyo Seco Campgrounds and day use areas (Sand Dollar Beach, Mill Creek, Willow Creek, Pfeiffer Beach), call (805) 434-1996 or visit:

Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Information

California State Park Information

  • For more California State Park information and updates on current conditions, please call the State Parks Big Sur Sector Office at (831) 667-1112 or the Big Sur Station at (831) 667-2315 or visit the California State Parks website

Weather Information

The National Weather Service is a good resource for information about weather..