Top Adventures in Big Sur

  • Camp at Ventana Campground, Big Sur

    This campground is a gem when it comes to Big Sur camping, book here. Each site includes a parking spot, a campfire ring with grill, a picnic table, and plenty of space for 1-2 tents. There are multiple immaculate restroom facilities with showers,...

  • Hike to Pfeiffer Falls

    This trail is a staff favorite at Big Sur. This family-friendly waterfall trail provides only a moderate challenge for young children and older family members. There are two starting points for this hike depending on where you stashed the car. If ...

    2 miles

  • Camp at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

    The campground at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park offers a spectacular variety of natural settings to enjoy. Each of the 189 tent and RV sites is located within the redwood groves, oak woodlands, grassy meadows and they even have riverside camping.Eac...

  • Hike the East Molera Trail

    Housed in Andrew Molera State Park, the East Molera Trail is easily accessible from Highway 1 with parking and restrooms available to hikers. A $10.00 entry fee is required but also provides entrance to Pfieffer Big Sur State Park just a few miles...

    3.2 miles 1390 ft gain

  • Backpack the Pine Ridge in Big Sur, North Coast Ridge Loop

    If you are looking to do some backpacking in the Big Sur area, you've come to the right place. This post shares a suggested 4-day backpacking loop in the Ventana Wilderness that will offer a bit of everything - challenging hiking with a healthy d...

    50 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Hike the Andrew Molera State Park Loop

    The loops starts at the Andrew Molera State Park parking lot (4.5 miles north of the entrance to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park along Highway 1). Begin by crossing the Big Sur River using the seasonal bridge. If the bridge has been removed, you will ...

    8.8 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Catch a Sunset at Pfeiffer Beach

    Pfeiffer Beach located in Big Sur may truly be one of the most awesome beaches in California...if you can find it. I lived within 40 miles of this beach for over 20 years and just discovered it recently. This beach is located on an unmarked road c...

  • Backpack to the Ventana Wilderness' Sykes Hot Springs

    The trek to Sykes Hot Springs is about 10-miles one way along the Pine Ridge Trail. This is a great backpacking trip, but can be done as an out-and-back hike from the campgrounds at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park if you're really moving.The trail is ...

    20 miles 5600 ft gain

  • Hike the Creamery Meadow Trail to Molera Beach

    Entrance to the parking lot is $10 per car, and once you get in be sure to use the restroom before you head for the trail, since you will likely spend a good amount of time out there.Look for the sign that says Creamery Meadow Trail. You'll know i...

    2 miles

  • Hike the Bluff Trail Loop

    The Bluff Trail Loop is a relatively tough hike, but you will be well rewarded for your efforts. There is very little shade on the trail until you are about 2/3 of the way up. When you are about a mile from the top, you will reach a redwood forest...

    8.2 miles 1601 ft gain

  • Explore the Big Sur River Gorge

    If you are in the Big Sur area during the summer, exploring the Big Sur River Gorge is a must! The gorge is located in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and your closest parking will be day use parking lot 3. The trailhead to the gorge can be found at ...

    1 miles

  • Camp at Andrew Molera State Park

    Andrew Molera is about 27 miles south of Carmel and one of the first State Parks you'll hit heading down the coast. There will be signs for the Park as you approach and the main parking lot is only a couple hundred yards from Hwy 1. There are a nu...

    1 miles

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Big Sur, California

      Big Sur Lodge

      This 62 rooms lodge, handles Wedding and Corporate events up to 100 people. The Restaurant sever Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and the Café and store are open daily.

      From $199/night

    • Greenfield, California

      Arroyo Seco

      Overview Arroyo Seco Campground is a semi-rustic, but developed facility in California's westernmost national forest. It offers a great escape from bustling city life, into the mountain air and pro...

      From $25/night

    • Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

      Ocean View Gem With Patio & Grill Walk To Beach

      • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Choose between two gorgeous outdoor living spaces at this 3BR/2BA Carmel Me...

      From $496/night

    • Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

      New Listing! Ocean View Getaway W/ Beach Access

      • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Enjoy fabulous ocean vistas and direct beach access at this dog-friendly 3B...

      From $713/night

    • Del Monte Forest, California

      Palatial All Suite Pebble Beach Ocean View Estate

      • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •An extraordinary coastal vacation awaits at this beautiful 4BR/4.5BA Pebble...

      From $709/night

    • Del Monte Forest, California

      Posh Home With Lush Courtyard & Outdoor Fireplace

      • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Located within a half a mile to the coast, this beautifully detailed 3BR/2....

      From $724/night

    More Lodging Options