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Coordinates: 36°14′51″N 121°46′54″W / 36.24757°N 121.781688°W / 36.24757; -121.781688

Looking back from the beach at Pfeiffer Beach in California

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is a state park in Monterey County, California near the town of Big Sur on the state's Central Coast. It covers approximately 1,006 acres (4.07 km2) of land. The park is centered around the Big Sur River. It has been nicknamed a "mini Yosemite."[1]



Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is named after John Pfeiffer, who lived in a cabin on the property beginning in 1884. He was the son of Micahel and Barbara Pfeiffer, the first European settlers in the area.[2] Many features in Big Sur are named for the descendants of the Pfeiffers.

In 1930, John Pfeiffer had the opportunity to sell his land to a Los Angeles developer for $210,000. The developer wanted to build a subdivision on the land. Instead, Pfeiffer sold 700 acres to the state of California in 1933.[3]

Overnight Stays

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has both a hotel (the Big Sur Lodge) and a campground within its boundaries. The campgrounds were closed in the winter of 2008-2009 due to the Chalk Fire, but most are open as of May 22, 2009. The campgrounds have showers, bathrooms and a convenience store.[4] The convenience store also offers WiFi access.[5]


Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is popular for its redwood groves and trail to Pfeiffer Falls. Many of these trails are closed during 2009 due to damage from the Chalk Fire. However, the Buzzard's Roost Trail affords hikers views of the coast as they hike through a redwood forest.[6]

Damage from 2008 fires

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park was first damaged due to the Basin Fire of June and July 2008, which burned 162,818 acres in California.[7] Much of the damage was to the outskirts of the park, however, and the campgrounds were able to reopen at the end of July. The Chalk Fire of September and October, which burned an additional 16,269 acres, did serious damage to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, which was largely closed from September 2008 to May 2009.[8] South Camp and Weyland are reopening on May 22, but Main Camp will remain closed until extensive renovations take place.[9]


  1. ^ SeeMonterey: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  2. ^ Hiking in Big Sur: Oak Grove Trail Loop
  3. ^ P. 84: Hiking and Backpacking in Big Sur by Analise Elliot, published by Wilderness Press, 2005.
  4. ^ SeeMonterey: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  5. ^ California State Parks: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  6. ^ SeeMonterey: Top Nine Day Hikes
  7. ^ Inciweb: Basin Complex Fire
  8. ^ Inciweb: Chalk Fire
  9. ^ California State Parks: Pfeiffer Big Sur SP

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