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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.

Hey, Junior Rangers!
Who: Kids ages 7-12 only

When: Daily at 10:00 A.M.
Where: Meet staff at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park adjacent to the Big Sur Lodge restaurant
What: An hour of fun games and activities about the Big Sur environment Hey, Ranger Cubs!

Hey, Ranger Cubs!
Who: Kids ages 6 and under (with parents)

When: Daily at 11:30 A.M.
Where: Meet staff at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park adjacent to the Big Sur Lodge restaurant
What: Half hour of story telling, games and activities

Wednesday, August 27
3:00 PM
Nature Walk "Journey of a Steelhead"

Meet Danielle at the Redwood Deck for a 45 minute easy walk alongside the river to talk about the endangered Steelhead Trout that make the Big Sur River their home.

Friday, August 29
2:00 PM
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, 1 1/4 mile hike up to Pfeiffer Falls.

Saturday, August 30
11:00 AM
Nature Walk:"Where the River Meets the Sea"

Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a one-mile walk out through Molera Headlands for a view of the ocean. Bring a jacket as it may be windy. We will end at the ocean so you can take your time walking back (45 minutes one-way). Meet in the Andrew Molera State Park parking lot.

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 Buzzard's Roost Trailhead for a one mile one way walk along the river and up to the flats.

8:00 PM
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 (weather permitting) get a closer look through our telescope. 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, August 31
2:00 PM
Nature Walk "Redwood Resilience"

Join Sarah in learning about the resilience of coast redwoods to wildfire and see the rejuvenation of the forest after December's Pfeiffer Fire. Meet at the Buzzard's Roost Trailhead.

3:00 PM
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 is a 1 1/4 mile one-way walk to the waterfall. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for this one and a half hour hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

7:30 PM
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.

Monday, September 1
3:00 PM
Nature Walk "Big Biodiversity"

Join Sarah in discovering the amazing microclimates and resulting animal and plant diversity that Big Sur has to offer. From the redwoods to the chaparral, we'll see it all. Meet at the Redwood Deck for this 45 minute one-way hike up the 1 and 1/4 mile Valley View trail.

Tuesday, September 2
7:30 PM
Walk "Ghosts of Big Sur"

Join Sarah for a 45 minute program including a short walk down to the river. Dress warmly and meet in Day Use Lot #1 to hear ghost stories from around the area.


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.

Special Event:
August 2, 2014
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Living History Day at Point Sur Lightstation

This special event celebrates the 125th anniversary of the first lighting of the Point Sur Lighthouse in August 1889 and the 150th year of California State Parks. Transportation to and from the top of Pt. Sur Lightstation every 15 minutes. Picnicking allowed - bring your own food. Visit the barn, blacksmith shop and Head Keeper's Quarters. Story-telling and singing; shipwrecks, children's stories and sea chanties...

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 Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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!

California Condor Discovery Center
Come learn about the magnificent condors and the reintroduction program run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at Andrew Molera State Park.
Ventana Wildlife Society    

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.