Monterey Ranger District

Forest Closure Sign Official


Updated:  September 28, 2020

Know Before You Go!

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

  • Monterey Ranger District: 831-242-0619 or (831) 385-5434 ext. 0.  Mon-Fri, 8-4:30pm  (temporarily closed for walk in visitation, but you can call for information)
  • Hwy 1 is open.
  • All California State Parks are closed.
  • All Forest Service campgrounds in Big Sur and the Monterey Ranger District are temporarily CLOSED: Arroyo Seco, Plaskett Creek, Kirk Creek, Nacimiento, Ponderosa, White Oaks, China Camp, Santa Lucia Memorial Park and Escondido. All day use picnic areas and beaches are temporarily CLOSED: Arroyo Seco Day Use, Pfeiffer Beach, Sand Dollar Beach, Mill Creek and Willow Creek.
  • Contact to cancel your camping reservation or call 1-877-444-6777. If you have reservations at Limekiln State Park, go to:
  • Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is temporarily closed until further notice.
  • There is a lot of smoke in the area and poor air quality.
  • Weather Information: National Weather Service

Dolan Fire Update 9/28/20

The Dolan Fire started at 8:15pm on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. The location is Hwy 1(MM32.20) north of Limekiln State Park, 10 miles S of Big Sur 10 miles south of Big Sur. Highway 1 is closed at Vista Point south to Pacific Valley. The fire is burning in the Ventana Wilderness. It is currently at 128,417 acres and is 62% contained.

Regional Order No. 20-17 USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Emergency Forest Closures

Regional Order No. 20-17 USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Emergency Forest Closure

Nine National Forests in California remain closed: Angeles NF, Cleveland NF, Los Padres NF, Inyo NF, Klamath NF, San Bernardino NF, Sequoia NF, Sierra NF, and Six Rivers NF. This decision will continue to be reviewed daily with evolving fire and weather conditions. Effective September 24 through September 30, 2020.

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 551 and 36 C.F.R. 261.50(b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited on National Forest System lands within the Pacific Southwest Region. This Order is effective from September 24 through September 30, 2020.

  1. Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the National Forests listed below.
  2. Being on a National Forest System road within the National Forests listed below.
  3. Being on a National Forest System trail within the National Forests listed below.

a. Inyo National Forest
b. Sierra National Forest
c. Sequoia National Forest
d. Stanislaus National Forest
e. Los Padres National Forest
f. Angeles National Forest
g. San Bernardino National Forest
h. Cleveland National Forest

Current Restrictions

Closed Forest Service Roads Forest Order 05-07-51-17 COVID-19 Emergency Road Closure 

Forest Order 05-07-51-17 COVID-19 Emergency Road Closure Monterey Ranger District

Forest Order 05-07-51-17 Road Closure Map

  • Forest Road No. 22S05 (South Coast Ridge Road) is CLOSED
  • Forest Road No. 20S05.3 (Central Coast Road/Cone Peak Road) is CLOSED
  • Forest Road No. 23S01 (Los Burros (Willow Creek) Road) is CLOSED
  • Forest Road No. 23S02 (Plaskett Ridge Road) is CLOSED

Temporarily Closed Campgrounds

  • Alder Creek Campground
  • Arroyo Seco Campground
  • China Camp Campground
  • Escondido Campground
  • Kirk Creek Campground
  • Nacimiento Campground
  • Plaskett Creek Campground
  • Ponderosa Campground
  • Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground
  • White Oaks Campground

Temporary Road Closures

  • Nacimiento-Fergusson Road
  • Forest Road No. 19S05 (Sycamore Canyon Road) Road to Pfeiffer Beach
  • Forest Road No. 19S10 (Piney Creek Road) to the Piney Creek Campground
  • Forest Road No. 19S09 (Milpitas Road)
  • Forest Road No. 18S02 (Tassajara Road)

Temporarily Closed Day Use Areas and Beaches

  • Arroyo Seco Day Use/Picnic Area
  • Mill Creek Day Use
  • Pfeiffer Beach and Day Use Area
  • Sand Dollar Beach and Day use
  • Willow Creek Day Use Area

Temporary Group Campground Closures

Group campgrounds will remain closed to comply with State and County orders. Group campgrounds will re-open when the State and County orders are lifted. Reservations will be cancelled and issued a full refund. Contact the Parks Management Company for refund information: PMC Customer Service

  • Arroyo Seco Group Campground
  • Plaskett Creek Group Campground

Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Information

California State Park Information

Parks Management Concession Company

For more information about the Parks Management Company (PMC) that manages recreation sites for the Forest Service (Plaskett Creek, Kirk Creek, White Oaks, China Camp, Nacimiento, Ponderosa and Arroyo Seco Campgrounds and day use areas (Sand Dollar Beach, Mill Creek, Willow Creek, Pfeiffer Beach), please visit:

Winter Wet Weather Highway 1 Closure Alert

Caltrans may close Hwy 1 in the vacinity of Mud Creek and Paul's Slide before, during and after a signifcant storm. For more information, please visit the Caltrans website:  This closure would prevent access to the Hwy 1/Big Sur Coast from the south just north of San Simeon/Ragged Point. Access to Big Sur would either be from the north along Hwy 1 or Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd through Fort Hunger Liggett.