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State Park Activities


Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has an active program of guided hikes, Junior Rangers, and Ranger Cubs programs through the summer months. You'll find a variety of activities suitable for the whole family. Junior Ranger, and Ranger Cubs program activities are 5 days a week, Monday-Thursday and Saturdays.

Junior Ranger State Park activities run Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26) to Labor Day Weekend.

State Park Activities
*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities.

Saturday, September 13
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS (children ages 7-12 only)
"Geology Rocks"

Come have some fun with rocks and find out how the earth was formed. Meet park interpreter Sara for one hour of activities at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)

Children and parents! Join us for a half hour of story telling, art projects and games. Meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

1:00 PM
Nature Walk "Life on Liewald Flats"

Join Danielle on this hike to Liewald Flats to hear about the different creatures and plants that reside in Big Sur, and the adaptations that allow them to do so. Meet at the Redwood Deck for a one mile one way walk along the river and up to the flat.

2:00 p.m.
Nature Walk "Discovering Pfeiffer Falls"

Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls. This one mile walk to the waterfall, one way will take about an hour. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

7:45 p.m.
Night Program "Starlight, Star Bright"

Sit back, relax, and gaze up at the stars. Hear legends and stories about the night sky, find constellations, and do some fun activities. Bring blankets or chairs and a flashlight for this one-hour program. Park in day use lot #3 or #4 and meet Danielle on the softball field

Sunday, September 14
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS

Recycling saves lives (children ages 7-12 only) Come have some fun learning about how recycling can help save the lives of creatures in the sea, and play some fun games. Meet for this one-hour program at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)

Children and parents! Join us for a half hour of story telling, art projects and games. Meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

1:00 p.m.
Nature Walk: "Big Sur through the Ages"

Discover how natural and cultural forces have shaped the landscape and the people who have lived here. Visit John Pfeiffer's Homestead cabin, see some of the effects of recent fire activity and look for threatened Steelhead Trout. Wear river shoes if you want to get wet. Meet Park Interpreter Sara at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3.

2:00 p.m.
Nature Walk "Pfeiffer Photosynthesis"

Join Danielle on a walk to learn about how availability of light and moisture determine the varying plant communities in different parts of Big Sur. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Redwood Deck for this moderate hike up to Pfeiffer Falls.

7:30 p.m.
Nature Walk "Creatures of the Night"

Join Park Interpreter Sara for a peek into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals use their senses in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (with a red mode if you have one) This is an easy 2/3 mile dog and stroller friendly walk. Meet at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Day Use Lot #1.

Saturday, September 20
1:00 p.m.
Nature Walk "Pfeiffer Photosynthesis"

Join Danielle on a walk to learn about how availability of light and moisture determine the varying plant communities in different parts of Big Sur. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Redwood Deck for this moderate hike up to Pfeiffer Falls.

7:30 p.m.
Night Program "Starlight, Star Bright"

Sit back, relax, and gaze up at the stars. Hear legends and stories about the night sky, find constellations, and do some fun activities. Bring blankets or chairs and a flashlight for this one-hour program. Park in day use lot #3 or #4 and meet Danielle on the softball field.


ON-GOING TOURS AND VISITORS CENTERS:

Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park Tours
"Walking Tour into the Past" Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300'. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited. Tours- Saturday: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m., and Wednesday: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. Admission Adult: $12.00; Ages 6-17: $5.00; Age 5 and under: free.

Molera Ranch House Museum
Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available.

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center
Located near the Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View trailhead is open for visitors Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available. Come discover what lives here!

Thank you for visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Please be patient as we work to re-open areas of the park after the Basin Complex Fire of 2008, Pfeiffer Fire of 2013 and winter mudflows. Buzzards Roost, Oak Grove and Pfeiffer Falls trails remain closed due to damages. Please stay out of all closed areas.