Monterey Ranger District

Area Status: Open

Monterey Ranger District offers camping, day hiking, backpacking, beaches, ocean swimming, surfing, fishing, hunting, scenic driving on Highway 1, wildflower displays in the spring and early summer and nature viewing.

At a Glance

Information Center: Monterey Ranger District: (831) 385-5434 ext 0. Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Road conditions and closures link.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Sand Play

Areas for Sand Play at Monterey Ranger District


Areas for Tidepooling at Monterey Ranger District

Campground Camping

Monterey Ranger District has many concession managed campgrounds and day use areas for which a fee is charged. Sites that are not concessionair managed, are free. All campgrounds on the District are accessible by passenger car. The ocean along the Big Sur Coast is dangerous and unpredictable with high and unpredictable surf, strong riptides and currents, and numerous rocks. There are no lifeguards. We strongly advise against swimming at all ocean beaches in Los Padres National Forest.

There are NO cabins in the Los Padres National Forest. There are private cabins and lodging in Big Sur and the town of Lucia.

Areas for Campground Camping at Monterey Ranger District

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Monterey Ranger District

Dispersed Camping

Contact the Monterey Ranger District for information about dispersed camping. Call:  (831) 385-5434 ext 0‚Äč, Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Salt Water Fishing

Areas for Salt Water Fishing at Monterey Ranger District

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Monterey Ranger District

Big Game Hunting

Small Game Hunting


Usage: No lifeguards on duty.
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Areas for Swimming at Monterey Ranger District

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