Big Sur Camping

Andrew Molera State Park
Pfeiffer State Park

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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Andrew Molera State Park Camping

Andrew 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

  • A maximum of 4 people are allowed per site, 2 tents, one vehicle
  • Camping allowed up to 7 consecutive nights
  • Fee: $25 (includes admission to the park)
  • Sites equipped with picnic table, fire pit with grill, and food storage locker
  • Two restrooms with flush toilets and sinks; no showers
  • Piped water available in several locations around the campground
  • Firewood and trail maps sold by park manager between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM
  • Quiet time: 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • Checkout time: 12 Noon
  • Dogs are not allowed at the Trail Camp

Andrew Molera State Park map, Monterey County, CA
Andrew Molera State Park campground map, Big Sur, Monterey County, CA

Advice from Previous Campers

  1. Arrive about 11:00 AM to get a campsite. Other campers will be leaving about then.
  2. No showers? Not a problem. Rinse sand off at the beach in the Big Sur River.
  3. Campsite 5 is a favorite with some campers.
  4. Firewood is $9 a bundle at the park, also at Pfeiffer State Park or nearby store. Gather wood is not allowed.
  5. Bring a shade tent. Most campsites have no shade.
  6. Keep food in lockers to avoid raids by raccoons and ground squirrels.
  7. Be sure to bring the right change ($25) for camping fees.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 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
Fees: Standard site $35, premium sites $50

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