Monterey Ranger District

Pine Ridge Trail
Photo: Ventana Wilderness, Monterey Ranger District

Date: November 28, 2023

Know Before You Go!

  • Highway is closed from Limekiln State Park to Lucia (Monterey Co) - Due to rock slides - Motorists are advised to use an alternate route. Hwy 1 is open from the south to Limekiln State Park. Check Caltrans website.
  • Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd is closed.
  • Currently no access to Prewitt Ridge, Southcoast Ridge Rd, Plaskett Ridge Road or Los Burros/Willow Rd
  • Currently no access to White Oaks or China Camp Campground due to Monterey County's closure of Tassajara Rd. Check Monterey County Roads website.
  • Pfeiffer Beach is now open daily. $15/day parking.
  • Sand Dollar Beach is open, but the trail to the beach is closed due to storm damage.
  • Arroyo Seco Campground and Day Use Area are closed
  • Plaskett Creek Campground is open by reservation:
  • Kirk Creek Campground is open.By resservation. Some campsites are still closed due to storm damage. Two sites are first-come, first-served.

Contact Information

  • Monterey Ranger District: 831-385-5434 x 0. The office in King City is open Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Closed weekends and federal holidays.
  • Big Sur Multi-Agency Visitor Center: (831) 667-2315, open daily 9:00am - 4:00pm.​​
  • Contact to make or cancel a camping reservation or call 1-877-444-6777.
  • Parks Management Comnpany - or email:

Forest Orders

Storm Damage Forest Closure Orders

Forest Order 05-07-00-23-12 Special Closure - Storm Damage Recovery: Effective August 31, 2023 - August 31, 2024

Forest Order 05-07-00-23-12

Forest Order 05-07-00-23-15 Special Closure Public Health & Safety: Effective October 31, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Forest Order 05-07-00-23-15

  • Special Closure Order Map - Exhibit A-1 (Monterey Ranger District)
  • Special Closure Order Map - Exhibit A-2 (Monterey Ranger District)

Many of the areas that were closed for public health and safety concerns following powerful winter storms that inflicted significant damage across the Forest have reopened.

Two new Forest orders are now in place that will keep severely compromised roads, trails, campgrounds, and day-use sites closed to the public while Forest engineers, partner groups, volunteers, and contractors work on repairs as funding becomes available. Road crews and resources from other national forests in California have been assisting with road clearing and maintenance projects to reopen additional areas once they have been repaired.

District Forest Orders

Forest Order 05-07-51-22-13 Road Use Restriction - Forest Road No. 19S05 (Sycamore Canyon Road) 

Expires December 19, 2024

Forest Order 05-07-51-22-10 Nacimiento Ferguson Road Roadside Camping Prohibition - Effective September 3, 2022, through September 2, 2024.

Target Shooting Prohibition

Firearms Prohibition Forest Order: Effective February 15, 2023 through December 31, 2024

Open Day Use/Picnic/Beach Areas

  • Pfeiffer Beach is open daily. $15/day parking
  • Mill Creek Day Use Area - $10/day parking
  • Willow Creek Day Use Area - $10/day parking
  • Sand Dollar Beach Day Use Area - trail to the beach is closed due to storm damage, but day use area/parking/picnic area is open. $10/day.

Open Campgrounds

Open Trails

Ventana Wilderness

Contact the Monterey Ranger District office or Big Sur Visitor Center for information about open trails. Due to Hwy 1 closure and other district road closures, there is limited access to trails in the Ventana Wilderness areas at this time.

Silver Peak Wilderness

Campground Closures

Road Closures

Roads Restricted to Non-Motorized Vehicle Use

Trail Closures

Day Use Area/Picnic Area Closures

California State Park Information

  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground is open and by reservation only.
  • Limekiln State Park Campground is currently closed.
  • For more California State Park information and updates on current conditions, please visit the California State Parks website.