Monterey Ranger District

View of ocean coast with wild flowers on the side of cliffs.

Updated:  April 19, 2019

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

Hwy 1 is open

Winter Closure Highway 1 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. 

Current Restrictions

Road Alerts

  • Palo Colorado Rd at Hwy 1 and Bottchers Gap Campground is closed indefinately due to the Palo Colorado Road closure (only open to residents)
  • Tassajara Road requires 4-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles only
  • Cone Peak Road (temporarily closed due to wet weather)
  • Nacimiento Road is open (No dispersed camping on Nacimiento Rd) 
  • South Coast Ridge Road is 4-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles only
  • The North Coast Ridge Road is closed permanently to vehicle traffic

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 ( closed indefinately due to the Palo Colorado Road closure) 
  • Escondido (temporary closure due to wet weather) 
  • Piney Creek Campgrounds

Open Forest Service Day Use Areas, Beaches and Campgrounds

  • Arroyo Seco Campground, Group Campground and Day Use Area
  • China Camp 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..