Posted by: Stan Russell | June 2, 2017

Welcome Back to Big Sur – We are Open!

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We would like to accentuate and highlight that most businesses in Big Sur are OPEN, including Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park which reopened mid-May. Aside from Andrew Molera State Park, ALL businesses between Carmel and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park are OPEN! This is the area with the highest concentration of businesses in the Big Sur valley, alongside the Big Sur river. The attention on the landslides in the southern area of Big Sur has created some confusion as to what Big Sur businesses are open.

The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge will open to vehicle traffic on Friday, October 13 by the end of the day.

Businesses located south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge are more difficult to reach and must be accessed on Highway 1 via Nacimiento-Ferguson Road, or by helicopter in the case of Post Ranch Inn who is shuttling their guests from Monterey. Businesses south of Ragged Point can be accessed on Highway 1 by way of San Simeon, including Hearst Castle and Ragged Point Inn.

For our purposes here we are listing businesses as North and South of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.


(831) 667-2322 Year-round family camping among the redwood trees along the Big Sur river. Inner tube rentals for floating on the Big Sur river. Store, laundry, playground and basketball court. Tent camping with hot showers. RV camping with water and electric hook-ups as well as a dump station. Fishing (November – February). Restaurants, gift shops, beach and trail access are all nearby. You’ll find a variety of cabins, including tent cabins and A-Frame cabins. Many with fully equipped kitchens. Tenters Welcome – Rental accommodations – Credit Cards Accepted. AAA approved. Reservations accepted. Open all year. RV sites.

(800) 424-4787, (831) 667-3100 Located in the heart of Pfeiffer State Park, Big Sur Lodge offers single, double, and family size rooms with fireplaces and kitchenettes and a myriad of wonderful outdoor activities for all travelers’ needs including hiking and swimming. There is a restaurant, outdoor patio, gift store, and deli. Wedding and group events/dining facilities are available.

(831) 667-2370 Big Sur Roadhouse features delicious California cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. In keeping with our Big Sur ethos, the seasonal menu is filled with locally sourced organic ingredients. Also, not to be missed, San Francisco designer Steve Justrich’s “homegrown modernism” has transformed the Roadhouse into a truly unique and fitting environment for dining in Big Sur. Please stop by for coffee, a glass of wine, a snack or a full meal.

(800) 548-3610, (831) 667-2700 Featuring 20 cozy guest rooms, restaurant and bar, and a heated swimming pool on the Big Sur River. Also features a gas station and general store stocked with natural foods and convenience items. High speed wireless internet access is available on the property in the area around the back deck and lawn next to the river.

(831) 667-2422 Twelve Unit motel, some with hot tubs and gas fireplaces. Cabins with kitchens on the meadow and nestled in the redwoods bordering Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Immediate access to hiking trails. Tent Cabins as well as tent and RV camping along the Big Sur River. Pets are allowed in the tent cabins and campsites only. Family friendly Fernwood Bar & Grill with tavern atmosphere, big screen HD televisions and outside dining on the deck under the redwoods. General store with groceries, espresso bar and Lapperts Ice Cream. Gift shop and Camping Supply store. Free Wifi in the bar and grill with live music on Saturday nights. Ping Pong table behind the bar and grill and occasional Karaoke and Trivia nights in the Tavern. Open year round.

Garrapata State Park is a state park of California, USA, located on Highway 1 6.7 miles south of Carmel and 18 miles north of Big Sur on the Monterey coast. It is marked only with one sign on the west side of the road. Park lands west of Highway 1 including Garrapata Beach are open.

(831) 667-2105 Our adobe motor lodge was considered modern in 1957 and 50 years later Glen Oaks Big Sur has a fresh rustic-modern and Green sensibility. Our remake takes the lead from the original natural adobe walls, known for keeping the hot sun out and the warmth in, and uses recycled and renewable stone, Peroba wood, bamboo, resin, wool carpets and organic cotton for a healthy and natural environment. Walk-in showers are evocative of showering in the forest, but the stylish chrome and porcelain fixtures will bring you back to the modern world.
Whether you are out on a hike, or cozy in your room, you are never far from the warmth and color of nature. Our natural wool blankets by Pendleton Woolen Mills and Coyuchi organic cotton bedding and feather duvets, are delightful to look at and even better to snuggle under. Natural beauty is skin deep, with organic bath products from Innersense.

(831) 620-1234 100 Years. 10 Decades. 1,200 Months. 36,500 Days.
However you put it, 100 years is a long time. But that’s how many years the Hyatt Carmel Highlands has been welcoming guests to its luxurious clifftop hotel overlooking the stunning Big Sur coast.
This oceanfront retreat, which opened on July 28, 1917, 21 years before scenic and historic Highway 1 opened, was the dream of J. Franklin Devendorf, the co-founder of the nearby seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Things may have changed over the years and the hotel has undergone major renovations in the past two years, but its mission remains the same: to offer an exemplary guest experience with impeccable service, world-class dining and breath-taking views in a hotel that seamlessly blends the amenities of a large hotel with the refined charm of a boutique hideaway.
Help us celebrate our 100th year in style by booking a room in 2017. We have a lot of special events planned to commemorate our centennial.

(831) 667-0481 Central Coast Artisans Gallery. Featuring Fine art as well as handcrafts by local artists. Large variety of Big Sur Jade, redwood bowls, and tie dyed clothing. Open 10 AM – 5 PM every day. Located in the Village Shops adjacent to the Big Sur River Inn.

(800) 444-7275 Offering camping (169 sites, no hookups, sanitation station), picnic tables, hiking and swimming. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has 1006 acres of redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows – plus open meadows. Wildlife includes deer, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy the many scenic loops, including a self-guided nature loop. Valley View Trail provides spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur Valley. The scenic Big Sur River courses through the park and the campgrounds are nearby. The concession-operated Big Sur Lodge provides room and cabin accommodations. (Big Sur Lodge) The park is located 26 miles south of Carmel on Highway One. To make online reservations visit Reserve America.

(831) 624-4909 Point Lobos State Reserve is listed here although it does not offer any camping opportunities. It does allow day use and is one of the most beautiful spots along the Central California Coast. Located three miles south of Carmel on Highway One. Point Lobos contains headlands, coves, and rolling meadows. The offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world. Wildlife includes seals, sea lions, sea otters, gray, humpback, and blue whales. Hiking trails follow the shoreline and lead to hidden coves. World class SCUBA diving.

Point Sur lighthouse and its supporting lightstation buildings, now a California State Historic Park, stand atop a dramatic volcanic rock just off-shore in Big Sur, California. This historic aid-to-navigation has a modern aero-beacon which still guides ships along the treacherous Central California Coast. On the National Register of Historic Places and a California landmark, Pt. Sur can be visited by guided walking tours year round.
Saturday & Sunday;10:00 AM
Wednesday; 1:00 PM
Moonlight Tours:
Friday, June 9 & 10, 7:30 PM

(831) 667-2242 Ripplewood Resort is a rustic resort property located in Big Sur that features a General Store, Café, a Chevron Gas Station, and 17 Cabins, eight of which are perched over the Big Sur River. Most of the free standing cabins have modestly equipped kitchens and wood burning fireplaces. Kitchen amenities include a refrigerator, a four burner stove with oven, basic utensils, and cookware. All of the cabins include housekeeping daily, and are provided with bedding and bath amenities. Call in advance for reservations at: (831) 667-2242, toll free in the continental USA (800) 575-1735, and check availability online on our website. Wi-Fi in the café.

(831) 667-2414 Our beautiful 16-acre dog friendly property offers RV and tent camping as well as 12 cozy cabins nestled in majestic redwoods along the Big Sur river. Hiking and beach access are just minutes away. Enjoy seasonal catch & release fishing, swimming and inner tubing in the Big Sur river. Pet friendly. Free wireless internet.

Studio One is the working studio of artist Erin Lee Gafill and photographer Tom Birmingham. Located at the Village Shops above Local Color, the 1200 square foot space serves as a painting studio and gallery, workshop center, and showroom for visiting artists, with a secondary space on ground level for special projects. With ample parking and easy access from Highway One, right next door to the River Inn, Studio One offers the casual visitor as well as the serious art appreciator an opportunity to witness art in the making, meet the artists, and explore art-making practices with internationally renowned teachers. Erin is a fifth generation California artist and member of the Carmel Arts Association. Both Erin and Tom were named Champions of the Arts in 2009 by the Arts Council of Monterey County for their service to the community through their arts advocacy. Open by appointment. Contact Erin at 831-238-2837 or Tom at 831-646-9000.


(831) 667-2225 Located at the center of Big Sur next to the United States Post Office. A family owned and operated full service deli, serving the local community with good food at affordable prices for over 25 years. Featuring made to order and specialty sandwiches, burritos, tamales, calzones, salads, baked potatoes, BBQ chicken and much more! Opens early for coffee, chorizo burritos, breakfast sandwiches, and pastries. Featuring a huge selection of micro-brews and wine as well as Big Sur souvenirs and T-Shirts. Open daily from 7:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. *Open but is located inside the closure zone.

(831) 667-2197 A family owned and operated beer and wine bar offering a wide selection of microbrews on tap and bottled beers from breweries across the country. Stop in and enjoy a light meal by the fire or catch a game on either of our two large flatscreens. The quintessential Big Sur stop with unique woodwork and a warm inviting atmosphere. The Taphouse is a great place to stop by and unwind. Come check out our pet-friendly garden patio with a beautiful view of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Free WIFI! Open daily from 12:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. *Open but is located inside the closure zone.

(805) 927-3918 Gorda Springs Resort offers beautifully appointed cottages where the ocean and rolling hills take center stage. Come and discover all that we have to offer and allow the beauty to take your breath away! On Highway One, 65 miles south of Carmel and 75 miles north of San Luis Obispo.

(831) 667-3200 Representing the work of Gregory Hawthorne and six additional talented members of the Hawthorne family, as well as the work of ten other nationally known artists in contemporary painting, sculpture, blown glass, ceramics and cloissoné. The gallery is located across from Nepenthe and also exhibits Albert Paley’s forged steel masterpieces, Max DeMoss’ bronze works and renowned Big Sur artist Barbara Spring’s creations in wood. Open daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. *Open but inside the closure zone.

Henry Miller Library is a public benefit, non-profit organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist and Big Sur resident Henry Miller. The Library hosts a unique collection of rare Miller works and materials; the collection is being constantly expanded through acquisitions and donations.

The Library also serves as a cultural resource center, functioning as a public gallery/performance/workshop space for artists, writers, musicians and students. In addition, the Library supports education in the arts and the local environment and serves as a social center for the community.

(800) 444-7275 Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. The park features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged coastline is available from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1. The park is 37 miles south of Carmel on Highway One; 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.Restrooms and telephone available to the public. Online reservations available on the website.

(831) 667-2818
8:00AM – 6:00 PM Daily. Self-serve gas with a credit card is available 24/7.

(866) 424-4787 or (831) 688-4884 Reservations or
(831) 667-2391
 Market & Gift Shop
Rich in history and located on a cliff 300 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Lucia Lodge is an unparalleled location to experience the majesty of Big Sur. A spectacular panorama of the Big Sur South Coast can be seen from the dining room, dining decks or cliff-side cabin area. No other Big Sur resort provides the spectacular view or feel for what makes Big Sur a destination for the world.

Historic cabins are situated along a secluded cliff and have a full view to the south, as well as vista straight down to the bay below. Lucia Lodge features only ten cabins which are designed to promote the relaxing nature of the area. Cabins have no televisions or telephones, but do feature free WIFI access for communications on your terms.

Three styles of cabins are available. All cabins feature one queen-sized bed, bathrooms with showers and sitting arrangements. Cabins 1-4 are slightly more modern and located farther from the cliff. Each cabin has views of the south coast, with ocean views better in cabin 1 and decreasing towards cabin 4. Cabins 5 & 6 face the Santa Lucia Mountains and are slightly larger. These two cabins offer more spacious bathrooms with shower-over-tub arrangements. Cabins 7 to 10 are the original free-standing cabins built in the 1930’s form locally milled redwood. Located closest to the cliff, all have queen-size beds, gas fireplaces and stand up showers. Bathrooms are small and typical of the 1930’s. Cabin 10 is known as the honeymoon cottage due to its spectacular cliff-side location.

A variety of outdoor sitting areas are available to all guest. Lucia Lodge has a strict No Smoking and No Pets policy for all rooms. All cabins include a wonderful continental breakfast in our dining room and free WIFI access for communications. The focus of our lodge is a romantic setting amid ever changing seascapes and views of majestic mountains where guest can retreat and repair.

(831) 667-2345 One of the most picturesque dining spots in California, this restaurant overlooks 50 miles of coastline. Family owned since 1949. Open daily 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Home of Big Sur’s only Weather-Cam. Check out the view from the back deck. *Nepenthe is open but is located inside the closure zone.

(831) 667-2456 x100 (831) 667-2456 Located near Lucia on the southern Big Sur Coast, we are a Hermitage and offer space for spiritual retreats. Please come and stay with us and enjoy our private contemplative rooms. Guest facilities are open for men and women year-round. Retreatans are asked to maintain an atmosphere of quiet and c ontemplation.Two types of spaces are provided for retreatants for single occupancy. The retreat house features private rooms, each with half-bath, and personal garden overlooking the ocean. There is a common area with two shower rooms and a kitchen where meals are picked up. In addition to the retreat house, there are five hermitages. These spaces offer greater solitude and privacy. They include a full bath, refrigerator, counter-top gas burner, various food items, and a sun deck. In addition, we have two spaces that can accommodate two or more people. On your visit, please visit our chapel and religious gift shop and enjoy the stunning views of the Big Sur coastline. Our monks are available to meet with you for spiritual direction. Please call if you have any questions.

Please come and join the monks for Mass at the following times: 11:00 AM (Sunday) and 11:30 AM (Monday through Saturday).  You are also invited to attend the following liturgical services: Vigils: 5:30 AM, Lauds: 7:00 AM, and Vespers: 5:00 PM (Sunday) and 6:00 PM (Monday through Saturday).

(877) 444-6777 or (805) 434-1996
Parks Management Company manages the following family friendly campgrounds which are all open:
Kirk Creek Campground
Limekiln State Park
Nacimiento Campground
Plaskett Creek Campground
Pondorosa Campground

(800) 527-2200 (831) 667-2200 Floating majestically over the Pacific Ocean, Post Ranch Inn on the cliffs of Big Sur, offers a tranquil retreat and an unforgettable escape, be it for romance, relaxation or rejuvenation. With organic architecture embracing the coast’s dramatic beauty, the 39 guestrooms blend rustic elegance, comfort and privacy. Each room provides a wood-burning fireplace, indoor spa tub, mini-bar with complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages and a private deck with an ocean or mountain view. Winner of Wine Spectator’s prestigious Grand Award, Sierra Mar restaurant offers guests an unconventional fine dining experience that invites guests to indulge in an exploration of food and wine. Guests can relax by the pools and take in the splendid views; rejuvenate with a treatment at the award-winning spa or daily yoga class; or explore all that nature has to offer. *Open but inside the closure zone. Guests are being flown in by helicopter.

(805) 927-4502 Seventeen cliff-side acres overlook the rugged Pacific, across from Sur Sur Ranch in south Big Sur. Most of our 35 rooms feature magnificent ocean views, fireplaces, decks or balconies. Cliff House has 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, gourmet kitchen, private dining room, sitting room, lawn, great views. Restaurant. Wedding and conference facilities. Sandwich stand. Espresso and wine bar. Gift Shop. Minimart. Gas station. Sunday concerts throughout the summer. WiFi. Dog-friendly.

(866) 990-8990 (805) 927-4601 Closest to Hearst Castle, just 2 miles South, this lodge features 65 rooms, panoramic ocean view, heated pool, beautiful grounds, a large restaurant & cocktail lounge with entertainment, market, bike rental, coffee bar, ATM. One block to world famous Pico Beach.

(877) 4BIGSUR (877) 424-4787 Features seven ocean view tent campsites (along with the 16 yurts). Great views of the Pacific at Cape San Martin in south Big Sur. Can be reserved in advance! Campsite rates include full use of resort facilities (pool, hot tub, showers) and complimentary breakfast for two. (Maximum occupancy two guests per site) There are two restaurant venues at the Resort: Coastal cuisine boasting fresh organic greens harvested from resort garden and the famous Sunset Sushi Bar. Gift and Convenient Store.

*Businesses located South of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and north of Mud Creek slide are accessible via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.

There are three access points to Big Sur and the sections of Highway 1 that are open.
1) Highway 1 from Carmel – North of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge
2) Nacimiento-Fergusson Road via Highway 101/Jolan Road – South of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge to Mud Creek slide.
3) Highway 1 from Cambria – South of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge

Mud Creek slide is estimated may take a year to re-establish Highway 1 so this is will be a choke point until spring/summer 2018.

Highway 1 conditions and details with a map of closures and updates

The Big Sur Blog for breaking news and updates

Questions from the press can be directed to the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce at (831) 667-2100.



  1. Hi Stan,

    Thanks for sending this out! Can you also add the Big Sur Roadhouse for us? It would be great to have our restaurant on the list as well.



    Jeanette Kenworthy

    General Manager

    Glen Oaks Big Sur ~ Big Sur Roadhouse

    47080 Highway One

    Big Sur, CA 93920

    831 667 2105 X 333

    • Thanks for catching that. I’ve updated the listing, adding the roadhouse to the list.

  2. Hello. Can you kindly add Lucia Lodge? We are fully open (cabins, store, restaurant). thanx!

    • Thank you! I’ve updated this and a few other key points that needed updating.

  3. Friends of B.S. Just back from two amazing days on a HWY. One that was nearly free of vehicles. Kirk Creek campground was heavenly.

    Road in was spectacular but keep your eyes on the road!

  4. Wil I be able to drive highway 1. Cambria to Carmel on 6-8 September 2017

    • No. Mud Creek slide will still be closed in September. There is no expected opening date yet for this slide. You will need to take Highway 46 to 101 north to 68 west to 1 south to visit Big Sur.

  5. We are travelling from the Riverside Cal on Sunday November 12th to fly out of San Fran on Tuesday am. I’m assuming the bridge/road will still be closed and looking for both Alternate route to stay along the coast as much as possible and also suggestion on our overnight stay along the way to San Fran.

    Thanks for any help and suggestions.

    Patrick and Renee
    Older folks and was looking at the Big Sur Inn but not sure how much back tracking it would require?

    • In November you’ll need to come out to the coast via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. You’ll get to NF road via Jolon Road off Highway 101. Then take Highway 1 north to wherever you’re staying in Big Sur.

      • Thank You

  6. Hey Guys, I’ll be travelling in October, 23. I’ll be leaving from Monterey. Can I access the most part of Big Sur ? And where, I have to change the road to get to Santa Barbara ? Thank you.

    • October 13 the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge will open and that opens up about 35 more miles of Highway 1 to “drive through.” You will take Nacimiento-Fergusson Road in southern Big Sur to Highway 101 where you can continue south to Santa Barbara.

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