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Here is a article from the SLO Tribune about camping while the Highway 1 is getting rebuilt: "Highway 1 closure creates a remote escape for campers in Big Sur"

Highway 1 closure updates 7/22/17: The latest is the "Paul's Slide" closure has ended, now partially repaired opening another 12 miles of Highway 1 for public access. So there are now only two highway 1 closures affecting the scenic Big Sur, one at Pfeiffer Canyon and another just north of Salmon Creek. Also public can now access Nepenthe; the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge bypass trail is now open for all visitors and no longer for locals only according to the Monterey Herald. This has spawned a new shuttle service working on both sides of the bridge construction highway 1 closure; many people hiking the bypass trail are hiking the quiet highway asphalt the 1 ½ miles further to Nepenthe. The new shuttle service also goes to Nepenthe plus points south and from Andrew Molera State Park to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is run by Sur Transportation LLC (831-667-5075).
There are now just 2 closures on Highway 1 along the scenic central California coastline leaving only a few areas inaccessible. The furthest closure north is just above Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge at Big Sur Station (MON 46.3) the bridge is being replaced and is tentatively scheduled to allow at least one line traffic by September 30 (there is a walk-around trail); Paul’s Slide (mile marker 21.6) is now open and partially repaired. There’s no word yet on when the damage at Mud Creek (SLO PM 72.87) will be totally repaired but PCH 1 from the south now is open north to Salmon Creek (Mon 2.2); looks like it will be closed at least be one year getting repaired.
There are still a few parks and businesses closed or limited, sorry but Maiden Publick House has closed permanently but Big Sur Village Still Welcomes Visitors; Tourists who drive north towards Big Sur from San Luis Obispo County have been blocked off at Ragged Point Roadside Motel since late February but now PCH 1 is open to is open to Salmon Creek (Mon 2.2).
Those headed for Big Sur proper must drive south via the Monterey Peninsula on Highway 1 which is open south to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge construction area.
Campers and such who want to access Highway 1 from Limekiln on the north end to Gorda on the south need to use the beautiful Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd cut-off, there are also a some nice campgrounds near Fort Hunter Liggett.
Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is open to the public; Public access on Highway 1 coming off Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd will be south to Gorda (PM 10), and north to Limekiln State Park (PM 20).
Highway 1 from the north is opened through Monterey/Carmel south down to Big Sur Station (MON 46.3); Big Sur can not be reached from the south on Pacific Coast Highway 1; in SLO county you can get no further north than the Ragged Point Roadside Motel because multiple barriers are placed on PCH 1 just to the north (SLO PM 72.87).
GREAT NEWS !!!: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (831-667-2315) is partially reopen for limited hiking, camping and day use and PCH 1 is now open from the south to Salmon Creek (Mon2.2).
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HOT TIPS: don't postpone because of any closures, there is plenty accessible... avoid the crowd and vacation NOW...cheap gas prices , road closure workarounds and moderate weather could bring out crowds of tourists at any time, why not join them? You too could get caught in a Pacific Coast Highway 1 traffic jam (or not)!
You may want to consider making reservations at sometimes (especially weekends) to assure you get your favorite spot and it is always at least advised to telephone ahead for current local information. Be patient and prepared, watch for construction equipment and anything. The Pacific Coast Highway One belongs to us all and we have to share it, be nice!
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Summer is usually Big Sur’s busiest tourist season... still even considering some inconveniences caused by nature it is a wonderful time to vacation there. You just need to make attitude adjustments and plan workarounds plus expect the unknowns; gathering more patience and scheduling your day in harmony with the flow of the other visitors, current situations and ever changing weather.
I love the fogs and mists that develop on the coast when it gets hot inland it gives the place another-worldly mystical look and feel and becomes a good place to "beat the heat" inland. The summer weather can bring in a thick marine layer of clouds and in the mornings and evenings a dense fog can often envelope the coast and block the scenic views and can greatly disappoint visitors who would like to sightsee breathtaking ocean views. When you plan your vacation you should include a foggy coast plan B. The work-around options are all good…wait it out , relax and have a coffee at one of the Sur’s many espresso bars, the fog often lifts by midday…get away from it, go inland on a wine tasting side trip across highway 46, maybe take the family on a California history adventure across Nacimiento-Ferguson Road cutoff to visit Mission San Antonio de Padua and stay at the old Hearst Ranch Headquarters or get above it, the Big Sur backcountry and Valley are usually above the fog and out of it…inner tube down the Big Sur River or bask in the shade of the redwood forests or someplace else cool. More about the changing seasons...
Because of the lack of rain this last season some places still have water restriction measures in force and it looks like fire restrictions and additional water rationing measures will be taking affect early this year because of the drought too.

New Tourist Season Extended Hours and Special Offerings...

Tourist season extended business hours and special offerings like the State Park campground campfire meetings for all, Ranger led nature lectures, Junior Rangers for the kids and live music for the adults, teens and families, and special evening Hearst Castle and Sunset or Moonlight Point Sur Lighthouse and Piedras Blancas tours and more are happening this summer is spite of any closures.

Photo Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Closed.

attention icon for important storm damage park and highway 1 closuers messageSOME CLOSED PARKS AND BIG SUR BUSINESSES 05/26/17 attention icon for important storm damage park and highway 1 closuers message

Andrew Molera State Park (831-667-2315)
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (")
Partington Cove and the trails on the East side of the highway are closed.
USFS: The forest is closed mainly on the Pine Ridge trail and within the Soberanes fire “footprint”, there are other closures which include Pfeiffer Beach (831-385-5434)
Ventana Spa, Rest & Camp (800-628-6500)
Post Ranch & Sierra Mar Rest (Limited Operations 800-527-2200)
Big Sur Bakery (831) 667-0520
Deetjen's Inn (831-667-2377)
Big Sur’s Hawthorne Gallery (831) 667-3200
Esalen Institute (831) 667-3000

Some, not all of place OPEN:
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (now mostly open 831-667-2315;)
Point Sur Lighthouse (831) 625-4419
Big Sur Center / Deli etc (831-667-2225)
Nepenthe Restaurant (831-667-2345)
Limekiln State Park 831-667-2403
(These Parks Management Co Day Use & Big Sur Campgrounds
805-434-1996):
Sand Dollar Beach
Mill Creek Day Use Area
Willow Creek Day Use Area
Plaskett Creek Campground
Kirk Creek Campground



6 Things You Need To Know Before You Go...
Traveling PCH 1 & Nacimiento-Fergusson Road:

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is narrow, curvy, twisty, prone to storm damage, fun to drive and breathtakingly beautiful! Try it! Watch for other drivers and construction equipment, best done daytime.

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#1 -- It is Always Best to Plan Ahead: Cell phone service and internet access in the Bid Sur area is spotty so do your research and make your plans before you go. A well researched good plan will help keep you from getting taken to the cleaners; dedicate a minimum of at least one full vacation day to Big Sur and many more if you can. Check ahead at all venues and if you are planning a stay over you may want to make a reservation to be sure you get exactly what you want especially if it is a weekend; although if money is a major concern you can "dicker at the check-in desk" but at this time checking ahead is more important than ever. Also falling rocks and slides can continue even after the rains have stopped.
#2 -- It is best right now to stay on the main roads but take great care and 4X4 if you don't. With the damaged back country the Scenic Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 is a good bet (parts of the highway as well as the wilderness are out-of-bounds to the public), It’s about the PCH 1 Picturesque Drive which is dangerous at the best of times:
Go Slow, Be Conscientious, Careful and Considerate, don't try to circumvent any road closures, it is dangerous and the fines are sizeable; watch out for trucks and construction equipment.
#3 -- You Should Enjoy Some Fine Big Sur Food & Dining: Nice Weather Dining Tip: Why not lunch at Nepenthe? The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge bypass trail is now open for all visitors and no longer for locals only according to the Monterey Herald. This has spawned a new shuttle service working on both sides of the bridge construction highway 1 closure; many people hiking the bypass trail are hiking the quiet highway asphalt the 1 ½ miles further to Nepenthe. The new shuttle service also goes to Nepenthe plus points south and from Andrew Molera State Park to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is run by Sur Transportation LLC (831-667-5075).
The weather can get quite nice this time of year, if that should be the case during your visit look for places which offer some dining outdoors; you can enjoy Big Sur beauty and nature, the forest, a river, ocean view and take your well behaved pet along too. The flavors even seem enhanced and it becomes more of an "experience", not just a meal. Two of my favorite places to dine outdoors are Ragged Point, (805-927-5708), Nepenthe (831-667-2345)
831-667-2394 and the California Market 831- 622-5450.
You can picnic or fine dine but enjoying some good local Big Sur type grub is mandatory for a great Big Sur area vacation. Picnicking allows you to mix with the environment and save some $$$ but out in the Big Sur boondocks there are actually some world class cutting edge gourmet dining to be had at several restaurants. Big Sur has always had a great attraction for artistic genius and a great chef falls into this category. READ MORE: information about restaurants near Big Sur California -- READ MORE: information about PICNICS near Big Sur
# 4 -- Staying Overnight in Big Sur Proper is NOT Crucial but if You Stay do your Research and be Motel Smart, Campground Coherent and Well Informed (Big Sur thrives on suckers): You can save lots of money and be much closer to services and entertainment if you stay on one end or the other of the scenic Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 Drive…I usually like to stay in Carmel just north of Big Sur at the Carmel River Inn (800-966-6490) or at the southern end and get a room at the Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort (800-826-8168) right on the beach to appreciate the great Pacific; either one will save you big $$$$ compared to the normal Big Sur gouging; my favorite along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is the historic Hacienda Guest Lodge (831-386-2262) at Fort Hunter Liggett. If you have some money to burn on your vacation and want to get a little taste of the Big Sur Coast ocean view experience you might consider Ragged Point Inn (888-584-6374) down in the southern portion of the Big Sur only 15 miles north of Hearst Castle (805-927-2138) and less pricey than many. If you have a LOT of money to burn kick out the stops, get on the helicopter in Monterey and go for the paramount of all Big Sur Lodgings Post Ranch Inn. (limited operations 5/06/17 800-527-2200)
Myself if I want to stay in Big Sur I quite enjoy the majestic Redwood Forest and Big Sur River from the historic Big Sur Lodge (800-424-4787) located in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (831-667-2315); the Ragged Point Inn like the Lodge carries a medium high cost. During the road closure you can dicker for a discount price. READ MORE: information about staying near Big Sur
# 5-- Big Sur Is Isolated, Spread Out, Extremely Popular and a Real Tourist Trap, Which Can Be Quite Expensive and at the moment it is even cut up with inaccessible "islands": Because of their locations the tourist businesses have a captive audience, a steady stream (small at the moment) of new customers coming up or down PCH 1. They charge high prices and they have underpaid, and at times overworked amateurish service people and this goes for the luxury resorts as well as the more rustic businesses. Sure it’s all highway robbery but be patient and prepared; go for the options you find most important and you will get taken for as little or as much as you are comfortable. Looking to save $$$, pack a picnic lunch, be sure to gas up outside of Big Sur, enjoy some attractions and lodgings to the north or south of Big Sur. You can actually vacation Big Sur on a shoestring or lavishly like a king it’s your choice.
# 6 -- Although it is almost fire season is the rainy season still happening???: A storm can increase road hazards, falling rocks, rocks on the highway, slips and slides can cause highway closures. Cal Trans takes great care of the highway but it is a never ending challange...still don't let a little rain spoil your vacation plans. Check Highway 1 Road Conditions.
The upside is rain provides much needed drought relief and pumps up the beautiful Big Sur waterfalls. READ MORE about Big Sur waterfalls...(waterfalls mobile)
More Information Travel Tips and Vacation Tricks by Clicking button: Hiking trails and sightseeing the beautiful natural waterfalls of Big Sur California.

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