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Andrew Molera State Park

Contact Information

(831) 667-2315

Park Hours

Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Driving Directions to Andrew Molera SP

The park is 20 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

No online brochures available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

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Molera  beach


In the spectacular Big Sur area, this park is still relatively undeveloped and offers visitors great hiking and beachcombing. Miles of trails wind through meadows, beaches and hilltops. A primitive, first-come first-serve walk-in trail camp, popular with hikers and bikers, is located approximately one third mile from the parking area.

The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised. In winter, overnight temperatures can range in the 30s-50s (Fahrenheit). Winter daytime temperatures can be low 50s-mid 70s. In summer, overnight temperatures can range in the 50s-70s, with daytime temperatures typically in the 70s-80s.  Summer mornings bring fog, which usually burns off by midday.

Near mile marker 51.2 on Highway 1, the park is located 21 miles south of Carmel.


Headlands Trail



 All park features are protected by law and may not be disturbed.
 Stay on trails to avoid poison oak throughout the park. 
 Do not move rocks, branches, or other material in the Big Sur River. This helps protect the Steelhead habitat.
 Please do not feed wildlife.
 Except for service animals, pets may not use trails. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash at all times.

$10 per car, per day. Your entrance fee allows you access to all California state parks until sundown.
Senior Citizen Discount: Age 62 or older, $1.00 off, except busses over 9 passenger capacity.
Disabled Discount Pass Holders: $5
State Parks Pass holders must present pass at kiosk upon entry to park.

The park is open to day use visitors a half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset. The entrance kiosk opens at 9:00 am. Kiosk closing times are variable. Visitors are expected to self-register when the kiosk is closed. 

Parking is permitted only in designated lots.

There is a beautiful shaded picnic area in the park near the parking area. Charcoal grills are available.

Dogs are not allowed on any State Park trails or in the Trail Camp, but they are allowed in the parking area and on the paved roads in the park. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Do not leave your dog unattended at any time. See Dogs at Big Sur State Parks for more information.

Headlands trailSwimming + Surfing
Our park has a beautiful wilderness beach on the Pacific Ocean. There are no lifeguards and conditions can be extremely hazardous, therefore swimming and surfing is not advised.

There are a number of trails in the park. Many allow for horseback riding, bicycling and hiking. Check the park kiosk for trail map and trail designations. Please extend trail courtesy to all.

Seasonal Footbridge
One temporary seasonal footbridge is installed around June 15 to allow pedestrians to cross the Big Sur River and access the Beach Trail. The bridge is removed around October 31. The exact dates are determined by the Department of Fish and Game each year.

Fishing in the Big Sur area is highly restricted. Catch and release steelhead fishing in the Big Sur River is allowed only under certain conditions in the winter. All ocean fishing is prohibited. The Point Sur State Marine Reserve extends from Point Sur to Cooper Point. See Department of Fish and Game Fishing Regulations for more information.





 No wood collecting
 Do not feed wildlife
 Store food/trash properly
 No nails in trees
 Quiet hours: 10pm to 6 am
 No dogs on trails, beach or in campground
 All vehicles in the parking area must be registered and display a valid parking pass
 Check-out time is 12:00 noon
 All trails and beaches are closed at sunset
 Maximum 4 people per campsite
 This is a marine protected area. No ocean fishing (river fishing only during designated season).
There are 24 identified walk-in sites located approximately 1/3 mile towards the ocean on the Trail Camp/Headlands Trail. Camping is allowed only at these sites with a maximum of four people per site. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. These sites are very popular. Off-season weekends fill up early Friday morning. During peak summer season, it is full every day.

** Camping in the Trail Camp is the only camping permitted in the park. Camping or sleeping inside a vehicle in the parking lot or on the highway is not allowed.

Dogs are not allowed in Trail Camp, on any trails, or at the beach. 

Camping fee includes parking for one vehicle in the parking area. Additional vehicles are $10/night per car. Maximum number of people per site is four. There is a maximum stay limit of seven consecutive nights. Once the stay limit has been reached, the persons, equipment, and/or vehicles must vacate the campground for at least 48 hours before returning for another stay. Maximum length of stay per calendar years is 30 days.

Each campsite includes a fire pit with half-grill and picnic table. Fresh water and toilets are a short walk.

All incoming campers must check in at the entrance kiosk. Camper vehicles must display vehicle tag (proof of payment) in the windshield. Vehicle tags are also valid for day use entrance into other area state parks.

Check-in is 2:00 pm. Check-out is 12:00 noon.

campsiteFires are allowed only in the provided metal fire rings. Wood must be small enough to fit inside the ring and be completely contained. Do not gather firewood in the park. You may purchase firewood at the entrance kiosk. FIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE BEACH. All fireworks are prohibited.

Firearms, weapons or hunting is not allowed. Possession of loaded firearms and air rifles is prohibited. This includes anything that shoots a projectile, including, but not limited to, arrows, pellets, BBs and paint balls.

Park plants, artifacts and animals are protected and should not be touched or harassed. It is important that you use the provided metal storage bins for all food and scented items to avoid accidentally feeding or having any negative interactions with native park wildlife.

 See the Camping Reservation Guide for complete information on camping in all California State Parks.




Elopements of ten (10) people or less are permitted at this park with an approved Special Event Permit. All the locations in the park are outdoors and must be hiked into. Events at this park are suitable for those wishing to have a very small, low-key, hike-in elopement in a natural setting.  Receptions, catered events, or an event with more than ten (10) people are not permitted at this park. Amplified sound is not permitted at any location at this park. There are no exclusive access sites at this park. You can apply for a Special Event Permit up to one (1) year in advance. Applications received less than thirty (30) days prior to the event date are subject to additional fees and restrictions. Applications received less than fifteen (15) days in advance of the event may not be considered.  Contact the Special Event Coordinator at 831-667-0507 or for availability and permit & fee information.

For more information, download the information packet:
 Elopement Special Event Information Packet

Photography Permits
All film shoots (still or motion) at this park and all other California State Parks must have a valid film permit issued by the California Film Commission (CFC). Film shoots on weekends or holidays are not allowed. Film shoots may not interfere with any park programs. The film permit process requires a minimum of two (2) weeks to process from the date that the park receives your pending CFC permit application and a completed Motion Picture Activity Form issued by the park. To check availability, contact the Special Event Coordinator at 831-667-0507 or

To apply for a film permit with the CFC, please visit
For information regarding filming in Monterey County, please visit

 More information: Film Production in California State Parks

Nearby State Parks

Point Sur State Historic Park
3 miles north on Highway 1

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

4 miles south on Highway 1

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
15 miles south on Highway 1

  All Monterey District State Parks

Available Activities and Facilities at Andrew Molera State Park

Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available