Monterey Ranger District

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

Boronda Trail, Monterey Ranger District

Updated:  June 21, 2021

Willow Fire Alert

Read the Willow Fire Update - June 21, 2021

  • Willow Fire Media and Public Information line: (831) 244-3205, 8:00am - 9:00pm daily
  • Willow Fire Email Address:
  • Monterey Ranger District information: (831) 242-0619, Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm

Highway 1 Alert

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road Closure Update

The atmospheric river storm event that stalled over Monterey County in late January dumped up to 15 inches of rain on the Monterey Ranger District. The Highway 1 washout at Rat Creek generated national headlines, however, the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road that connects Highway 1 with Fort Hunter Liggett and Highway 101 suffered significantly more damage but received far less media attention. Extensive slides, debris flows and road failures at a dozen sites along the road have rendered Nac-Ferg impassable to vehicle traffic. The road will remain closed under a Forest Order until repairs can be made. The public is strongly encouraged to avoid Nacimiento-Fergusson Road until the road has been cleared of debris and is safe for through traffic. Initial cost estimates for fixing the road run into the millions of dollars. The Forest Service is working with the Monterey County Department of Public Works and Fort Hunter Liggett, and will be applying for Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) through the Federal Highway Administration to secure additional funding.

Welcome Back to the Pine Ridge Trail

The popular Pine Ridge Trail (PRT) on Los Padres National Forest reopened to public use nearly five years after the devastating 2016 Soberanes Fire and winter storms of 2017. Massive sections of the trail were repaired by volunteers, partner groups, and U.S. Forest Service-funded contract crews. Read more...

Know Before You Go!

Please contact the Monterey Ranger District office or the Big Sur Visitor Center for information about road condtions, camping, backpacking, hiking and beach access.

Monterey Ranger District: 831-242-0619.  Mon-Fri, 8-4:30pm  (temporarily closed for walk in visitation, but you can call for information)

Big Sur Multi-Agency Visitor Center: (831) 667-2315, open daily 9:00am - 4:00pm. Open for walk in visitation and phone calls.

Weather Information: National Weather Service

Contact to make or cancel a camping reservation or call 1-877-444-6777.

Dolan Fire Emergency Road, Trail, and Campground Closure Order 05-07-51-21-05 and Closure Map

Under this forest order, the public is prohibited from being on the Nacimiento-Fergusson (Forest Road 22S01) West of Nacimiento Campground to the Hwy 1 intersection and South Coast Ridge (Forest Road 20S05.4) from Prewitt Ridge Road (Forest Road 22S04) to the intersection of Nacimiento-Fergusson road at any time.

In addition, operating a motor vehicle on Central Coast Ridge/Cone Peak Road (Forest Road 20S05.3) is prohibited. Motor vehicle access on Arroyo Seco/Indians Road (Forest Road 19S09.3) from Memorial Campground for approximately 2.8 miles to the gate at Escondido Campground Road (Forest Road 19S09D) is not permitted.

The Kirk Creek Trail (Forest Trail 4E17) remains closed to the public along with the Chalk Peak and Escondido Campgrounds.

Fire Restrictions

Forest Orders and Restrictions

Open Roads

  • Del Venturi Road in Fort Hunter Liggett to the Indians Road in Los Padres to Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground
  • Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd from Hwy 101 through Ft. Hunter Liggett to Nacimineto Campground
  • Forest Road No. 23S01 (Los Burros/Willow Creek Road)
  • Forest Road No. 23S02 (Plaskett Ridge Road)
  • Forest Road No. 18S02 (Tassajara Road) - Drive with caution. 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles only. Road is rutted and damaged from winter storms.

Temporary Road Closures

  • Arroyo Seco Rd to the Arroyo Seco Campground, Day Use Area and Trailheads (Closed due to the Willow Fire)
  • Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (West of Nacimiento Campground to the Highway 1 intersection)
  • Forest Road No. 22S05 (South Coast Ridge Road)
  • Forest Road No. 20S05.3 (Central Coast Road/Cone Peak Road)
  • Forest Road No. 19S10 (Piney Creek Road) to the Piney Creek Campgrounds
  • Arroyo Seco/Indians Road (Forest Road 19S09.3) from Memorial Campground for approximately 2.8 miles to the gate at Escondido Campground Road (Forest Road 19S09D)
  • Tassajara Road (closed from China Camp to the Tassajara Zen Center due to the Willow Fire)

Open Campgrounds

To make a reservation, go to or call 1-877-444-6777

Temporary Campground Closures

Day Use Areas

Open Trails

Silver Peak Wilderness

Ventana Wilderness

Closed Trails

Ventana Wilderness

  • Trailheads in the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area (Closed due to the Willow Fire)
  • Kirk Creek Trail
  • Vicente Flat Trail

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: