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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur

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Known for its redwood groves and nicknamed the "Mini Yosemite," Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park stretches for about 400 hectares (1,000 acres) along the Big Sur River. A popular hiking and camping destination, the park sits on the western slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains, an area covered not only in old redwoods, but also oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, willows, and alders. The park shelters some of California's most diverse habitats, providing a home for varied wildlife that includes black-tail deer, raccoons, gray squirrels, water ouzels, and belter kingfishers. Explore this scenic area by tackling some of its trails, which snake their way along the Big Sur River and offer views of one of its rugged gorges. To visit Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and other attractions in Big Sur, use our Big Sur trip builder.
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  • We were not impressed by this park. Obviously due to the fire and mudslides most of the park was closed but we found the parts that were open to be a bit dull. No real information from the rangers abo...  more »
  • Big Sur is our favorite place in the world. Unfortunately, last summer it suffered a horrible man-caused fire. This year, a mudslide resulting from that fire cut off Highway 1 just beyond the entrance...  more »
  • we really enjoyed our stayed here. This place normally would have access to the beach, but because of all the rain(mud slides) there is areas that are being repaired and the access is closed or limite...  more »
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  • Pretty big, partly undeveloped park with lots of options to enjoy nature. There are good trails, beautiful rocks, great beaches. Allow at least 2-3 days to explore.
  • Park Aides are extremely nice and the views are incredible. A guy named Chris was extremely helpful with where our destination was. And also a woman at the kiosk was very helpful, nice and gave lots of information.
  • Fantastic, breathtaking scenery! Rugged rocks, waterfalls, beautiful views of water. Don't miss this, it is spectacular.
  • This place is beautiful! Accept for the traffic this place is very popular...
  • One of the most beautiful camp grounds on the west coast. Camp sites are along the winding river.

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