Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground is a beautiful, large, organized campground on the central California coast with 218 campsites. The campground has several main loops of campsites, each offering their own diverse landscape, such as Redwood and Sycamore tree groves. Since Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground is located in a valley, most of the campsites have great mountain views and provide access to lots of hiking trails, which lead up the Big Sur Valley and into the Big Sur River Gorge. Some of the campsites are adjacent to the Big Sur River which runs through the campground.

While Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground is located along California Highway 1, it is located inland in the Big Sur River Valley and does not provide beach access.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is currently closed due to damage to the area from the recent wildfires and heavy rains. Please be sure to check with California State Parks before going. More information can be found here.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground Bottom Line

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground is a fantastic car camping area with spacious campsites, that offer decent privacy, and lots of activities. Since Pfeiffer Big Sur is roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, it makes a nice getaway from the bustle of the city. While Pfeiffer Big Sur has a large campground, the campsites often fill up during the peak summer camping season, however, the layout and open spaces give it a comfortable feel with plenty of walking trails and outdoor activity opportunities.

If you are looking for camping solitude, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground may not be the place for you, as the proximity of the campsites to each other can be somewhat close and it may be possible to hear the neighboring campsites.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 218
Cost: $35/night + $8 fee when reserved online
Use Level: High
Dogs Allowed: Yes – Leashed. Dogs not allowed on hiking trails, except for Pine Ridge Trail.
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes – Coin operated
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: RV: 32 feet, Trailer: 27 feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station
Cell Phone Service: Possible – Verizon, At&t – Best coverage near Big Sur Lodge.
Wifi: Yes – Near Big Sur Lodge
Operating Season: Campground open year-round. Late spring to early fall is peak season.
Other: General store, lodge, & coffee shop located near the park entrance. Laundromat located on site for campers.

Getting There

Address: 47555 California 1, Big Sur, California 93920
Geo Coordinates: 36.245913, -121.778658
Nearest City: Carmel, California
Elevation: 340’
Location: Central Coast – Monterey County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: General Store located at park entrance
Directions/Location: About 26 miles south of Carmel, CA on the east side of California Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway)


Phone: 831-667-2315 Facebook: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Facebook Page
Web: California State Parks Twitter: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Twitter Feed
Reservations: Via ReserveCalifornia

When To Go

Late fall – The crowds are less, and the days are still warm.

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What To Do

Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, with miles of hiking trails that start or cross through the campground.

Also, if you are camping Pfeiffer Big Sur, you should take some time to visit the nearby Pfeiffer Beach, which is known for it’s rugged purple sand beach.

Fun Facts

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is California’s largest state park with 1,006 acres, and is one of the most popular camping destinations in Northern California.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground Pictures

Image Credits: Justin Wilson

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