8am to Sunset
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Dogs not allowed beyond day-use parking lot.
Driving Directions to Julia Pfeiffer Burns SPThe park is 37 miles south of Carmel on Hwy 1, and 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur SP on Hwy 1.
Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Drinking Water Available
HIGHWAY 1 CLOSURES
Northbound / Southbound 1 Full Closure
From Ragged Point Viaduct to BIG CREEK VISTA POINT
Due to Slide Removal
No estimated time for reopening of closure.
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Last updated: 05/04/2023 1:41pm
About Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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THERE IS NO BEACH OR OCEAN ACCESS at McWAY FALLS
This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well-respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean waters of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The higher elevation trails east of Highway 1 (currently closed) offer panoramic views of the sanctuary and miles of rugged coastline.
CHECK CURRENT WEATHER
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised. In winter, overnight temperatures can range in the 30s-5os (Fahrenheit). Winter daytime temperatures can be low 50s-70s. In summer, overnight temperatures can range in the 50s-70s, with daytime temperatures typicallys in the 70s-80s. Summer mornings bring fog, which usually burns off by midday.
Near mile marker 35.8 on Highway 1, the park is 37 miles south of Carmel.