Where Can Visitors Go In Big Sur Right Now?
(updated July 25th, 2017)
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. Most local businesses are open. This includes The River Inn and surrounding businesses. All the campgrounds are open with the exception of Andrew Molera State Park Beach, which is closed indefinitely due to last year's flooding. There is beach access however via Creamery Meadow Trail.
Hwy 1 is closed to vehicle traffic south of the campground, where the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is washed out. The replacement bridge is under construction and expected to be completed sometime in September 2017. 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 on the north side over to the south side. A short walk down the highway from there allows one to access the cluster of open businesses known as Loma Vista and Big Sur Center.
From the South
Access to Big Sur from its southern entrance via Cambria and Ragged Point is closed indefinitely due to a massive landslide just north of Ragged Point. Those with an adventurous attitude can get though to central Big Sur via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Access to this road is from Hwy 101. See our blog post here for directions. It's a beautiful drive.
Once on the coast you can turn north on Highway 1 to access Kirk Creek and Limekiln State Park campgrounds and Lucia Lodge. You can drive further north all the way to the Pfeiffer Creek bridge construction. All businesses are open except Ventana Inn and Deetjens Big Sur Inn. The Henry Miller Library is open with limited hours THU-SUN.
You can also travel south to reach Pfeiffer Beach, Plaskett Creek Campground, and the town of Gorda. All these entities are open.
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.