Pfeiffer Beach Day Use

Area Status: Open
[Pfeiffer Beach]

**Closure Alert**

12/28/2022 - Sycamore Canyon Rd to Pfeiffer Beach is closed due to flooding. No access to Pfeiffer Beach at this time. Closed until further notice.

Beautiful beach with spectacular sunsets.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open - $12/day parking
Operational Hours: Temporarily closed
Reservations: None
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees: $12.00 day use fee or you can purchase and display the Parks Management Company (PMC) Annual Pass $50.00. More info at: The Parks Management Company manages Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area for the Forest Service. The Golden Age Pass, Access Pass or the Interagency Senior, Access or Annual Pass cannot be used for day use.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: No overnight camping.
Closest Towns: Nearest supplies approximately 5 miles away at Big Sur Valley Area.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Parks Management Company for the Forest Service
Information Center: Monterey Ranger District office: 831-385-5434 ext 0 or call the‚Äč Big Sur Visitor Center: (831) 667-2315. Forest Service - Monterey Ranger District Email contact: Parks Management Company

General Information


Highway 1 to Sycamore Canyon Road. The road is difficult to see. It is in between the Big Sur Ranger Station and the Post Office.

General Notes:

Policy on Pet Dogs

Always keep your dog leashed, except when inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate, or portable kennel. Do not allow your dog to wander freely, pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 36, Chapter II, Sec. 261.8 (d).

While on the beach or on a trail or picnic areas, dogs must be kept on a leash (unless caged or crated) no longer than six feet, pursuant to CFR, Title 36, Chapter II, Sec. 261.16 (j).

Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Beach walks

Sand Play


Salt Water Fishing

Viewing Scenery


There are 4 small picnic tables. Picnic tables are first-come, first-serve. No resrvations. Or, you can picnic on the beach. If you picnic on the beach, please pack out all of your trash.

No. of Sites 4



Picnic tables: There are 4 picnic tables or you can picnic on the beach
Parking: Small parking lot. Limited parking especially on weekends and every day during the summer. $12/parking fee
Toilets: Vault toilets

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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