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Click to enlarge this picture of a pretty Pacific Ocean view sunset seen from Treebones Big Sur Resort
Information: Just a hop, skip, and jump from the ocean up on a bluff off the Pacific Coast Highway 1 Treebones Yurt Resort opened in 2004 making them the newest of the Big Sur Resorts. The unique lodgings provided are Yurts, (fancy wood framed round canvas tents), ocean view campsites and even a “human nest”, they quickly rose in popularity because of their uniqueness, good management and marketing. They are still popular but they are not a just a novelty, a certain kind of folks really enjoy themselves there doing this luxury yurt camping. They are not handicapped friendly but if you don’t need that or mind lack of privacy canvas thin walls and walking to use the communal restrooms, you too may find it fun. It truly is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty!
Near Points of Interest: Less than about 1/4 mile away Willow Creek Beach is a popular beach (and secret surf spot) destination for southern Big Sur Pacific Coastal Highway travelers and especially for visitors and guests at the two close by resorts Treebones Big Sur Yurt Resort and Gorda Springs Resort. Treebones Resort is at the heart of the Big Sur Coast and offers a virtual treasure trove of outdoor recreational sports opportunities. A good place to get maps, and information is the nearby Pacific Valley Station ( 3 miles north U.S. Forest Service telephone: 805-927-4211), they also have restrooms and public telephones and are located 1 mile north of Sand Dollar Beach Picnic Area on the east side of Pacific Coast Highway 1. Many outdoor sports enthusiasts of all kinds make Limekiln State Park, Plaskett Creek Campground or Kirk Creek Campgrounds their base camps for their excursions and activities. The steep picturesque mountain country is popular with hang gliders and paragliders; the coastal bluffs above Jade Cove are a designated landing area. Nearby back country roads and trails lead back to the wilderness for 4x4, mountain bike and horseback riding backpacking and hiking fans. Pacific ocean fishermen, surfers and scuba divers all come here for the outdoor recreation opportunities as do kayakers and other small watercraft owners.
Beach Access and Day Use Parks & Picnic Areas: Willow Creek Beach offers the first public beach access for 20 miles since Piedras Blancas Motel; Ragged Point nature trail is 13 miles south has beach access but it is a short strenuous hike. For jade hunting, tide-pooling, scuba diving, surfing and rock-hoping the close by rocky beach at Willow Creek Beach is fine but just 2 miles north if you are looking for a beach to play and lay on it's impossible to beat the long white sandy beach at Sand Dollar Beach but 7 miles north Mill Creek Picnic Ground which has a quite nice small picnic spot and easier access to the beach area another a close option 8 miles north is Kirk Creek Campground, it has a nice short trail that leads down to the beach which is a popular spot for surfing, rock fishing and beachcombing. Another mile north past Kirk Creek Campground is Limekiln State Park. One of the best beaches on the Big Sur coast is Pfeiffer State Beach it is 34.5 miles, the turnoff is at Sycamore Canyon; another great long white sandy Big Sur Beach which is popular is just 2 miles north of here is Sand Dollar Beach which provides easy access to a large picnic area with restrooms and barbecue grills on the top of the bluff, there is a nice long big sandy beach at the bottom of some steep stairs, Sand Dollar Day Use Picnic Area and Beach is a little over 2 miles north.
Near places to Eat: Like its lodgings dinning at the Treebones Resort is a unique experience; the closest other restaurant is the Whale Watcher Cafe at Gorda Springs about 1 mile south. My all time favorite Big Sur Ocean View restaurant Nepenthe is 32 gorgeous miles north on the scenic PCH; Lucia is 12 miles north and has a very nice ocean view restaurant ;try the fish & chips.
Near Hotel Lodgings & Resorts: Lucia Lodge is 11 miles ahead to the north and about 1 mile south are Gorda Springs Cottages.
Near Campgrounds: One of my very favorite Big Sur Campgrounds, Plaskett Creek Campground, is just 2 miles to the north. Less than 1 mile to the south and offering very unique camping is Treebones Big Sur Yurt Resort. The closest other campground is to the north 9 miles Kirk Creek Campground; the next closest one to the north would be Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park which is 26 miles north.
History & Museums: This is the newest resort on the Big Sur coast, no museums and not much history here. It’s interesting to note though that there had been a sawmill on the property at one time and the sawmill was dismantled and moved many scraps of old trees were left around getting bleached out in the sun so the locals called the place Treebones and the unique name stuck.
Gasoline, Public Restrooms, Supplies: Gorda Springs is just south down the Highway but to the north no gas until Lucia about 12.5 miles up the Pacific Coast Highway 1.
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On the coast in this area the traveler services and tourist facilities are sparse and spread out and this won't change for the next 32 miles.
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