Where Can Visitors Go In Big Sur Right Now?
(updated June 30th)
From the North
The village of Big Sur itself is currently accessible only from the north. From the Monterey / Carmel area take Hwy 1 south. Many local businesses are open. This includes The River Inn and surrounding businesses. Pfeiffer State Park Campground is open. The road is closed south of the campground, where the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is washed out.
There is a walking trail to reach the other side of the highway however. It's about a 20 minute walk from an ad hoc parking lot to the south side, and there is construction noise from the bridge rebuilding project. A short walk down the highway from there allows one to access the cluster of businesses known as Loma Vista and Big Sur Center.
One resort south of the bridge, Post Ranch Inn, is flying its guests in by helicopter.
From the South
Access to Big Sur from its southern entrance via Cambria and Ragged Point is closed indefinitely due to a massive landslide. Those with an adventurous attitude can get though to central Big Sur via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Access to this road is from Hwy 101. Take the Jolon Road exit near King City and follow the signs to Fort Hunter-Liggett Army base. Follow the road through the base. Look for a sharp left turn over a short bridge crossing the Nacimiento River. Then stay on that road for about an hour to the coast. There are two National Forest Campgrounds along the way.
Once on the coast you can turn north on Highway 1 to access Limekiln State Park and Kirk Creek National Forest campgrounds. The road has been closed just north of Kirk Creek since February due to a slide. The slide is expected to be cleared sometime in July. This will open up access to Lucia Lodge, Esalen Institute, and points along the coast terminating again at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge..
Big Sur experienced the most expensive fire in US history last year. Please be careful when you visit. Fires are 100% banned everywhere except designated fire pits. Extinguish cigarette butts in ashtray.