• icon-facebook
  • icon-twitter
  • icon-linkedin
  • icon-pinterest
  • icon-youtube
  • icon-instagram

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground California

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Overview

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 161

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground is located on the banks of the Big Sur River and has 194 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs (maximum trailer length is 27′ and RV length is 32′). Most campsites are reservable, but some are held for first-come, first-serve campers.

This is a very popular Big Sur campground and State Park – often referred to as a “mini-Yosemite”. The campground has drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, paved roads, camp store, laundromat, dump station and WiFi.  Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grate.  Group camping and hiker/biker campsites are also available.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park also has a number of family picnic areas in the park, many next to the Big Sur River. Charcoal grills are available. The day use fee is $10 per car per day.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park – Area Recreation

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park features 1,006 acres of redwoods, conifers, oaks, maples, cottonwoods and alders, pretty open meadows, miles of scenic hiking trails and spectacular views of the Big Sur area. Outdoor recreation includes camping, hiking, biking, swimming, photography, picnicking and fishing. Wildlife viewing is also really nice here.

Keep in mind that there is no beach or ocean access from the Park. The turn-off for popular Pfeiffer Beach is located on Highway 1, approximately one mile south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park’s entrance. Heading south from the State Park entrance, it is the second right turn. Pfeiffer Beach is not a California State Park and charges a separate entrance fee.

The Park is located about 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean which can be reached by car or by hiking a trail along the Big Sur River to the coast.   And don’t forget to spend some time cruising Highway 1 and seeing the sites like Pfeiffer Beach, McWay Falls, the Bixby Bridge, Ragged Point and the various little towns, spas and art galleries.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is also another option. It’s located about 26 miles north via Highway 1. And you may also like Arroyo Seco campground to the east.

Make a Reservation for Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Amenities
  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Camp Store
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Laundromat
  • Laundry
  • Pets OK
  • Rentals
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center
  • Wifi (free)
Activities
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Beach Combing
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Ocean
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tide Pools
  • Water Sports
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
47555 Highway 1
Big Sur, California 93920
831 667-2315
Campground Map
Make a Reservation

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park sold out? Get an alert when a campsite becomes available at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park!

Create Campsite Availability Alert
Best Campsites

7, 10, 15, 17, 32, 35, 47, 51, 57, 59, 61, 75, 79, 89, 114, 122, 138, 141, 150, 151, 174, 175, 176, 177, 179

Regions
Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • Group
  • Hike/Bike
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
# of Campsites:

184

Campsite Vehicle Size:

Up to 27' for trailer and 32' for RV.

Season:

Year Round

Elevation:

247

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Photos & Video

Big Sur Coast
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 001
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 002
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 003
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 004
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 005
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 006
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 007
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 008
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 009
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 010
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 011
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 012
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 013
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 014
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 015
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 016
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 017
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 018
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 019
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 020
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 021
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 022
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 023
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 024
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 025
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 026
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 027
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 028
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 029
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 030
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 031
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 032
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 033
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 034
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 035
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 036
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 037
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 038
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 039
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 040
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 041
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 042
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 043
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 044
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 045
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 046
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 047
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 048
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 049
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 050
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 051
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 052
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 053
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 054
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 055
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 056
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 057
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 058
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 059
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 060
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 061
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 062
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 063
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 064
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 065
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 066
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 067
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 068
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 069
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 070
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 071
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 072
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 073
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 074
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 075
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 076
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 077
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 078
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 079
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 080
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 081
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 082
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 083
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 084
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 085
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 086
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 087
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 088
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 089
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 090
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 091
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 092
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 093
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 094
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 095
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 096
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 097
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 098
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 099
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 100
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 101
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 102
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 103
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 104
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 105
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 106
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 107
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 108
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 109
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 110
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 111
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 112
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 113
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 114
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 115
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 116
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 117
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 118
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 119
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 120
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 121
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 122
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 123
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 124
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 125
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 126
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 127
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 128
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 129
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 130
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 131
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 132
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 133
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 134
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 135
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 136
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 137
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 138
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 139
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 140
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 141
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 142
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 143
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 144
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 145
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 146
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 147
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 148
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 149
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 150
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 151
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 152
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 153
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 154
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 155
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 156
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 157
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 158
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 159
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 160
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 161
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 162
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 163
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 164
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 165
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 166
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 167
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 168
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 169
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 170
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 171
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 172
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 173
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 174
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 175
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 176
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 177
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 178
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 179
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 180
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 181
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 182
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 183
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 184
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 185
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 186
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 187
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 188
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 189
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Bathroom
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground Road
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Creek
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Sign
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Store-Laundry
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Turkeys
= Our Favorite Campsites

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Comments & Reviews

Visited Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground lately? We'd love to hear about your adventure. Did you find us useful? Did we forget something? Anything our community should know before heading out to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park?

43 Comments on “Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park”

  1. What are your favorite campsites?

    • Hi Jeannie,
      Our favorite Pfeiffer Big Sur campsites are: 7, 10, 15, 17, 32, 35, 47, 51, 57, 75, 79, 89, 114, 122, 138, 141, 174, 175, 176, 177, 179

  2. How’s the cell signal in the Pfeiffer Big Sur campgrounds?

    • Hi Karen,
      Cell sign/coverage is spotty at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. You might be able to get a signal, but will need to find a good spot as it’ll be inconsistent or nonexistent in certain areas of the park.

  3. Is max occupancy flexible for each camp spot if there are more kids around 2~3 years old?

    • Hi Kim,
      The camp host/ranger makes the final call, but usually they are flexible if there are not more than a couple of 2-3 year old kids that put you over the limit.

  4. Xandria Quichocho says:

    Is there WiFi in the park, or somewhere nearby? Is it good enough to stream a zoom meeting or should I exit the park

    • Hi Xandria,
      Wifi is available at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, but not sure how strong the connection/signal. You’ll probably have to search outside the park for a stronger connection for a Zoom meeting.

  5. Linda Castellanos says:

    I have a reservation this weekend for site 135 however the park’s website and park campground does not show this site as available anymore. I have not been able to reach anyone to confirm my reservation and site.

    • Hi Linda,
      Did you reserve the campsite through ReserveCalifornia.com? I see (as you pointed out), that it is not listed on ReserveCalifornia.com, but we know it does exist. There are a few others not listed on ReserveCalifornia.com as well, and they are most likely the first-come, first-serve campsites. If you have a reservation through ReserveCalifornia.com – I recommend calling them to confirm your site/reservation at: 1-800-444-7275

  6. Is there day use picnic tables with charcoal grills if I drive there anytime during the week?

    • Hi Stan,

      Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has a number of family picnic areas in the park, many next to the Big Sur River. Charcoal grills are available. The day use fee is $10 per car per day.

  7. Hi! What do you think about spots 60, 61, 59, and 58?? They look close to the river? Thank you~!!!

    • Hi Hikari,
      Yes, campsites 58-61 are a little closer to the river compared to other campsites in the campground. Our photographer listed #59 and #61 as some of the favorites. Looks like the sites have some pretty good privacy too.

  8. Can you tell me which sites allow pop up campers

    • Hi Tomi,
      Unfortunately we do not have that info. However, you can click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button and search through the individual campsite info on ReserveCalifornia. It will give you the sizes of each site.

  9. Do you have recommendations for campsites with less poison oak? I recently stayed in 124 and there was almost none, which we loved. I want to go back, but want to make sure I book a spot where my pup can sniff around the site without too much concern for the oak

    • Hi Kit,
      Sorry – CampsitePhotos.com doesn’t have an employee on site at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park so we don’t know where the poison oak may be springing up this year.

  10. Does anyone know how large the food storage bins are? And where are they located? I don’t see any in the photos.

    The official website says “It is important that you use the provided metal storage bins for all food and scented items to avoid accidentally feeding or having any negative interactions with native park wildlife.”. But I can’t find any details. Wondering whether I would be able to fit a large cooler inside one of the bins.

    • Hi John,

      We are not aware of any metal-food storage lockers/bins at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground. Perhaps someone with other info can comment here.

  11. Nelson Boongaling says:

    are bicycles allowed to explore the camp grounds?

  12. Taylor Connors says:

    Are campfires allowed right now?

  13. Hello I want to reserve something for may 2022 we are 15 people (12 adults and 3 little children) I understand that 6 people maximum per site but we have 3 children 2 are only 2 years and one is 4. I really don’t want to reserve 3 site. can i just book 2 sites?

    • That would probably be okay, but final call comes from camp host.

      • John davoodi says:

        so how would i get hold of camp host

      • Hi John,
        You won’t be able to call the host, but can see the host at the campground. Generally there is not a problem if a few of the occupants are two and under. If a neighbor has an issue and complains – the camp host may not permit you having more than 6 people per site.

  14. rebecca nava says:

    Does anyone know if there enough room at site 47 for a Subaru Outback and a camping van? Thank you so much in advance.

  15. Jackie Busse says:

    we stayed at site 131 and i’m pretty sure it was the worst site at the park. small site with soft, dusty soil surrounding by poison oak, right next to the entrance road (which is not shown on the park map on reservecalifornia) so constant traffic and headlights, kids couldn’t bike in the road. overall, not impressed with the park. very few dog-friendly trails as well.

  16. Hello! I have two sites reserved for the same week in June: Site 91 and Site 151. I will have an 9, 12, and 14 year old with me and a medium sized dog. Which site would you recommend? I can’t see site 91 well in the photos because of the van, but I love the tree at site 151.

    • Hi Briana,
      I’d lean more toward campsite #151. Both 91 and 151 have a good amount of camping area, but #151 has a bit more and also has that tree! Site 91 is also fairly close to a restroom. Have a great time!

  17. CHRISTY LAWSON says:

    Is spot 60 big enough for a 19ft travel trailer?

  18. j morgan says:

    Does anyone know when/if group campsites will be open any time this summer?
    thanks!

    • Hi J. Morgan,
      For some reason they are not releasing the group campsites at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park this summer. Not sure why and/or if they will open them up. I’ll do some check and let you know if I find out anything.

      • J. Morgan says:

        Thank you so much for the response! Please contact me if you find out that they may open them up! Have a great day 🙂

  19. Hi! We have campground 113 reserved. This is a riverfront spot but do you know if it has river access? And does it happen to have continuous shade or do we need to bring some sort of covering? Thank you!!

    • Hi Janice,
      Yes, you can stroll right down to the river from campsite #113. There are areas in the campsite that will get some sun (depending on the day), but your picnic table should have shade most of the day. Have a great time – that’s a nice campsite!

      • You’re awesome, you so much!! We’re heading there at the end of May, and if it’s mainly shaded we won’t bring a canopy to sit under!

        Oh, do you also know if we should be prepared for a lot of poison oak on this campsite?

        Thanks again!

      • No problem Janice! You should really like Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. But beware the Poison Oak – there is a lot of it in and around the park.

Your Comment / Rating / Review:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields marked *

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

California

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground is located on the banks of the Big Sur River and is very popular – often referred to as a “mini-Yosemite”.

View Campground
Great Deals on Top Rated Camping Gear

Great Deals on Top Rated Camping Gear

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Find everything you need for camping, including hiking supplies, tents, coolers, sleeping bags, cots, survival & first aid, food processing, and more!

Shop Now
Essential Camping Gear and Equipment

Essential Camping Gear and Equipment

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Get everything you need to enjoy your outdoor adventures from bags and packs to air beds and sleeping bags, insect repellant, cooler bags, and 2-burner stoves.

Shop Now
Warren Dunes State Park

Warren Dunes State Park

Michigan

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

You’ll find some big sand dunes at Warren Dunes, including formations that rise 240 feet above the lake offering fantastic views, the best known is Tower Hill.

View Campground
Take the Family on a Perfect Road Trip!

Take the Family on a Perfect Road Trip!

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Save up to 25% on your family travel costs in 2021 by booking an RV through RVshare

Find Cheap RV Rentals
Pawtuckaway State Park

Pawtuckaway State Park

New Hampshire

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Pawtuckaway State Park Campground has 292 campsites and is located on the shores of beautiful Pawtuckaway Lake. Many having views of the lake.

View Campground
Banning State Park

Banning State Park

Minnesota

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Banning State Park Campground has 34 single-family campsites and is located in a forested area near the Kettle River with plenty to discover.

View Campground
Unique RV Camping

Unique RV Camping

Over 2,000 Wineries, Breweries, Farms and more!

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Harvest Hosts is a special type of membership club for RVers, offering overnight RV camping accommodations at 2,365+ locations across North America!

Learn More
Experience RVing

Experience RVing

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Take the Family on a Perfect Road Trip! Rent an RV from RVshare

Find Cheap RV Rentals
Beverly Beach State Park

Beverly Beach State Park

Oregon

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Beverly Beach State Park is in forest-sheltered area right on the Oregon coast and is a very popular campground featuring a beautiful trail to and along miles of sandy beach.

View Campground
Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park

Florida

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest and largest state parks in Florida. The river meanders through 58 square miles offering habitat for a variety of wildlife.

View Campground
Fort De Soto Campground

Fort De Soto Campground

Florida

New Valley of Fire State Park Campsite Photos - Atlatl Rock Site 3

Fort De Soto Park Campground has 238 single-family campsites and is located on an island in a beautiful 1,136-acre park in the Tampa Bay Area.

View Campground