Monterey Ranger District

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

Updated:  July 3, 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.  Mon-Fri, 8-4:30pm  (temporarily closed for walk in visitation, but you can call for information)  
  • Big Sur Visitor Center is temporarily closed

Day Use Beach Closures ALERT July 3, 2020

In accordance with State and County guidance concerning beach closures, the day use picnic areas and beaches on the Monterey Ranger District will be closed beginning Saturday, July 4 through Sunday July 5.

  • Mill Creek Day Use
  • Pfeiffer Beach and Day Use Area
  • Sand Dollar Beach and Day use
  • Willow Creek Day Use Area


The following campgrounds in the Monterey Ranger District are now open.

  • Alder Creek Campground (Eight miles from Highway 1 on Willow Creek Road (23S01)
  • Arroyo Seco Campground
  • China Camp Campground
  • Escondido Campground
  • Kirk Creek Campground
  • Nacimiento Campground
  • Ponderosa Campground
  • Plaskett Creek Campground
  • Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground
  • White Oaks Campground



  • Forest Road No. 22S01 (Nacimiento-Fergusson Road)
  • Forest Road No. 22S05 (South Coast Ridge Road)
  • Forest Road No. 23S02 (Plaskett Ridge Road)
  • Forest Road No. 20S05.3 (Central Coast Road/Cone Peak Road)
  • Forest Road No. 23S01 (Los Burros (Willow Creek) Road)
  • Forest Road No. 19S09 (Milpitas Road)
  • Forest Road No. 18S02 (Tassajara Road)
  • Forest Road No. 19S05 (Sycamore Canyon Road) Road to Pfeiffer Beach

Day Use Areas in the Monterey Ranger District


  • Arroyo Seco Day Use/Picnic Area

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

Closed Roads

Forest Road No. 19S10 (Piney Creek Road)

Current Restrictions

Current Highway 1 Status

Hwy 1 is open

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. 

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:

Weather Information

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