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Julia Pfeiffer Burns
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Camping

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park has two walk-in, environmental campsites considered among the most beautiful campsites in California. As a result, they are always in high demand. The sites are located a short distance from Highway 1 on the point above McWay Cove, McWay Falls, and Saddle Rock. Site #1, Saddle Rock Campsite, is located closest to the ocean and has wonderful views. Site #2, South Gardens, is situated slightly back amidst mustard flowers which attract lots of hummingbirds.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Reservations open at 8:00 AM PST. For highly competitive campsites, log on 10 minutes before 8:00. Read details at ReserveCalifornia

McWay Cove map at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Monterey County, CA

Campground Information

National Forest Campgrounds

Kirk Creek Campground

Kirk Creek campsites are on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Most of the campsites are well spread out and have grass. 33 campsites are available for RVs or tents, and each comes with a picnic table and fire pit and grill. Due to water quality problems, Kirk Creek Campground no longer has water. Their restrooms have been changed to portable toilets.

About half of the campsites may be reserved through Kirk Creek Campground Reservations. The other campsites are on a first come, first served basis and may not be reserved. Ignore the information on their website that the campground is within walking distance of Sand Dollar Beach. Sand Dollar is 5 miles to the south.

Fees: $22 per night, bicycle or walk-in camping $5

Plaskett Creek Campground

Plaskett campground is practically right across the highway from Sand Dollar Beach. The campground is a family-oriented site with a variety of activities nearby.

The campground has 38 single family campsites along with 3 group sites, all for either tent or RV. The group sites can accommodate up to 40 people. The individual campsites each have a table and campfire ring with grill. Restrooms have flush toilets and drinking water is available around the campground.

Fees: $22 for single site, $80 for group site
Reservations: - Plaskett Creek Campground

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is 10 miles north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Pfeiffer Big Sur covers 1,006 acres in Big Sur with redwoods, oaks, chaparral and meadows. Within the park are 8 miles of hiking trails. The park adjoins the Ventana Wilderness with miles of trails.

In 2012 and the spring of 2013 the park went through major renovations and also reorganized its campsite numbers. Check their website for the new numbers. Within each campground are several sites are set aside for tents only. RVs are limited to 32 feet and trailers to 27 feet.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Camping

Location: Highway 1, 26 miles south of Carmel
Contact: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park   (831) 667-2315
Facilities: Big Sur Lodge, conference center, cafe, grocery store, campgrounds, restrooms, showers, nature center
Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset
Campgrounds: South Camp (78 sites) and Weyland (32 sites)
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Fees: Standard site $35, premium sites $50

Andrew Molera State Park Camping

Andrew Molera State Park is about 15 miles north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Molera State Park has 24 walk-in campsites at their Trail Camp in a meadow about a third of a mile from the parking area. Campers must carry their gear to the campsites. The sites are on a first come, first served basis. (831) 667-2315

Campground Information

Other Big Sur Camping

Big Sur Campground and Cabins

47000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA
(831) 667-2322
Big Sur Campground and Cabins
Campsites: Tent and RV sites, bath house, hot showers, RVs up to 40', water and electric hook-ups, dump station
Facilities: Cabins, camping cabins, close to river, outdoor sports, laundry, playground, store
Rates: $$ - $$$

Fernwood Resort

47200 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA
(831) 667-2422
Fernwood Resort
Motel Rooms:
Campsites: Tents, RV sites, tent cabins, bath houses, hot showers, electric hook-ups
Facilities: Store, tavern, restaurant, motel, cabins
Rates: $$

Riverside Campground & Cabins

Highway 1, Big Sur, CA
(831) 667-2414
Riverside Campground & Cabins
Campsites: 28 tent sites, 14 RV sites (20 amp & water hook-ups), picnic tables, fire pits.
Limit of 5 people per site
Facilities: Cabins, beach access, hot showers, laundry, restrooms
Rates: $$

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