Book Online



facebook icon     

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; Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. You'll find a variety of activities suitable for the whole family.

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

Saturday, July 23rd
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 is a 1 mile one-way walk to the waterfall ~one-hour.  Meet at the Redwood Deck.

8:00 p.m.
Campfire Program “Discovering the Past”

Join Park Interpreter Sara for some old time music and a photo history of this park. Learn who built the campground and the about people who have called this park home for the past 82 years.  Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight for this one hour program. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Sunday, July 24th
11:00 a.m.
Children's Nature Walk: "Flower Power- The plants of Big Sur"

Join Sara for an hour of fun games, and a little walking.  Discover the many plants of Big Sur and how they grow.  All ages welcome, meet at the Campfire Center.

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 Sara at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3.

Saturday, July 30th
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 is a 1 mile one-way walk to the waterfall ~one-hour.  Meet at the Redwood Deck.

7:00 p.m.
Campfire Program: “Talent Show!"

Do you have a hidden talent? Come show it off at the campfire center! Tell a story, perform a skit, sing, dance or tell a joke. ALL AGES WELCOME, Must be family friendly. Headphone jack/iPod hook-up available for music accompaniment. Sign-up at the show.

Sunday July 31st
9:00 a.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 Sara at the Redwood Deck for this 1.5 hour walk.

Monday August 1st
Junior Rangers and Ranger Cubs Cancelled August 1st due to special event Living History Day Open House at Point Sur. See Event Flyer or for more information.

10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
“Living History Day”
at Point Sur State Historic Park. Join us in celebrating the first lighting of Point Sur Lighthouse on August 1st, 1889. $25 adults, $15 children age 6-17, (all proceeds go to restoration of Point Sur Lightstation historic structures.)


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.

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.
Moonlight Tours begin April 4. See schedule on their website.

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center
Located along the Warden’s Path on the south side of the Big Sur River is open for visitors Saturday from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. Come discover what lives here in the park!

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.

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.