8 a.m. to Sunset
Andrew Molera State Park
Park phone contact: (831) 667-1112
Here are some guidelines for people visiting Andrew Molera State Park:
What is open now?
- Some walking trails are open, and parking is available to vehicles on a limited basis.
- Visitor services are limited to self-guided walks.
What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
- The Andrew Molera Campground remains closed for rehabilitation.
- The Andrew Molera Ranch House Museum is currently closed for exhibit cleaning and updates.
- Dogs are not allowed on trails or on the beach.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
- Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
- Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
- Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.
For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
DOLAN FIRE - WHAT'S OPEN UPDATE
California State Parks has reopened Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Andrew Molera State Park, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park for active recreation. Some walking trails are open, and parking is available to vehicles on a limited basis. Social distancing protocols of maintaining a 6-ft distance and wearing masks are required. Point Sur State Historic Park will resume tours of the exterior of the Pt Sur Lightstation and the Naval Facility on October 10. Visit www.pointsur.org or call 831-625-4419 for tour information.
Note: The Andrew Molera campground remains closed.
Also opened is the Soberanes Canyon Trail in Garrapata State Park –located on the east side of Highway 1. California State Parks continues to work to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved.
Due to the Dolan Fire burning across the southern region of Monterey County, California State Parks urges the public to avoid traveling to impacted areas/park units in Monterey County due to safety and health concerns for any visitors.
Current Park Closures
The following State Parks, including all campgrounds, day use areas, and hiking trails, are already closed due to fire and/or traffic concerns on Highway 1 in the greater vicinity of the Dolan Fire:
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
- John Little State Natural Reserve
- Limekiln State Park
California State Parks is asking for the public’s cooperation by adhering to park closures due to fire impacts and public safety concerns. Your assistance is appreciated!
For additional information about the Dolan Fire, please see the below resources:
About Andrew Molera State Park
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, bluffs, beaches and hilltops.
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.
Additional Visitor Services
- Ventana Wildlife Society (Wildlife sanctuary and educational programs)
Photograph courtesy of Sharon Pieniak