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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.

State Park Activities
*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities if you park inside the park.

Saturday, October 3rd
8:00 a.m.
Nature Walk: "Valleys and Vistas"

Join Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate one hour, one-way hike to the Valley View overlook and discover the unique habitats of Big Sur. See impacts of the Basin Fire and how the forest is already springing back. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water for this two-mile hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck.

10:00 a.m.
Junior Rangers - Big Sur River Scavenger Hunt (children ages 7-12 only)

Come have some fun discovering the river habitat of Big Sur and we will go on a hunt for the different plants, animals, and bugs that live there. Come with your river shoes and prepare to get wet! Meet Dustin for an hour of activities at the Campfire Center 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, games and a short walk. Meet Dustin at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

2 p.m.
Nature Walk: "Gear Shifts: Rapid Changes in Big Sur's Terrain"

Although best known for its beauty and scale, Big Sur offers a great diversity of plants, animals and climates. We will explore how and why Big Sur can feel so different in just a matter of minutes. Meet Park Interpreter Sara for this one and a half hour walk at the Redwood Deck

7:00 p.m.
Campfire Program "Discovering Colossal Redwoods"

Join Dustin around the campfire and learn about the tallest organisms on Earth! Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight for this one hour program. Feel free to bring your own S'mores for roasting after the show! Meet at the Campfire Center.

Sunday, October 4th
9:00 a.m.
Nature Walk "Buzzard's Roost"

Meet Dustin at the Redwood Deck for a two hour hike all the way to the top of Buzzard's Roost. A moderate trek along the Park's western edge will take you along the river, through shady redwoods, then around a series of switchbacks among bay trees and tan oaks to the chaparral-covered top of Pfeiffer Ridge. Bring water and hiking shoes!

2:00 p.m.
"Big Sur River Gorge Exploration"

Join Dustin on an hour long adventure to one of our park's most beautiful places. Rock scramble, splash, and climb your way back to the best swimming hole on the river. Bring your river shoes and prepare to get wet! Meet at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3


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.
Winter Hours:
(November through March)
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM
Wednesday: 1:00 PM

Summer Hours:
(April through October)
Saturday & Wednesday 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM

Adult: $12.00
Ages 6-17: $5.00
Age 5 and under: free.
Whale Watching Tour; Friday, April 3.
Moonlight Tours begin April 4. See schedule on their website.

Ghost Tours
October 17 & 24

An evening of ghostly fun will begin with a walking tour to the lighthouse in time to watch the sunset, then on to the Barn where a light buffet will be served. Later, Pt. Sur's professional actor/story-teller, Kevin Hanstick, will recount stories of Point Sur's ghostly past. Julie, our "paranormal investigator," will share the results of her ghost hunts. If you dare, explore inside one of Point Sur's real haunted houses, the un-restored Triplex. Dessert and hot drinks will be served in the Visitors Center.
An $85 donation, tax deductible as allowed by law.

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 & Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 p.m.

California Condor Discovery Center
Open Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day

10:00 am - 4:00 pm, including holidays.
Come visit the Discovery Center in Big Sur, California located at Andrew Molera State Park. At the Discovery Center, you can see and interact with the exhibit Bringing the Condors Home and learn about condors and the efforts to recover the birds to the wild.

The Discovery Center is a great place for anyone interested in spending time in beautiful Big Sur, going on breathtaking hikes with views of the mountains and ocean. Bring your family or friends and have a picnic, sign up for tours or interact with on-site biologists and naturalists. The Discovery Center is open to the public and free of charge and was created and managed by the Ventana Wildlife Society.