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Julia Pfeiffer Burns
Ecological Staircase Trail Guide
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Environmental Camping and Day-Use Area Big Sur, CA • (831) 667-2315 www.parks.ca.gov Located on Highway 1 at mile marker 36 you’ll find Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged coastline maybe seen from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1. FEES for day use parking are due upon entry into the park. Fee envelopes for self registration are located at the self pay station near the restrooms. Fee amounts for day use are posted. CAMPING is extremely popular year round and is generally available only by advance reservation. Campers parking vehicles in the main parking lot should display proof of reservation in the windshield. Campers may also check in at the kiosk in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (12 miles north) to get vehicle tags also valid for day use entrance into other area state parks. PARKING for campers is available inside the main parking lots (with proof of reservation displayed) or along the highway at the southern entrance to the Environmental Camps at your own risk. Camping or sleeping inside a vehicle in the parking lot or on the highway is not allowed. CAMPSITES have a maximum occupancy of eight people. Tents and other equipment must be confined to the delineated space within the site reserved, either #1 Saddle Rock or #2 South Gardens. CAMPSITES have a fire ring, a picnic table and a food box. Please note the only running water is across Highway 1 near the restrooms. There are pit toilet facilities nearby. DOGS are not permitted on trails, dirt fire roads, in buildings, or in the Environmental Camp area. QUIET HOURS are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Noise from radios and other devices must not be audible beyond your immediate campsite, regardless of the time of day or night. CLOSED AREAS include all cliff areas beyond the fenced boundaries of each campsite, including the beach, Saddle Rock and the McWay Falls area. Trespassing into the closed areas may result in citation and ejection from the park. ROPES, lines, swings or hammocks may not be fastened to any plant, fence or park structure. Attach lines to your own property only. BICYCLES are not allowed on any hiking trails within the park. FIREARMS/WEAPONS OR HUNTING is not allowed. Possession of loaded firearms and air rifles is prohibited. This includes anything that shoots a projectile, including, but not limited to, arrows, pellets, BBs and paint balls. FIRES are allowed only in the provided metal fire rings. Wood must be small enough to fit inside the ring and be completely contained. Do not gather firewood in the park. You may purchase firewood from the camp hosts at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (12 miles north). All fireworks are prohibited. REFUSE, including garbage, cigarettes, paper boxes, bottles, and other rubbish shall be placed in the provided designated receptacles. Please recycle appropriate materials in the provided bins. EDUCATIONAL & INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS are usually offered in the summer season for the public and for school groups upon request. Whale watching is available one mile north at the Vista Point on most weekends in January and February. Please check the boards near the restrooms or at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park for further information. PARK PLANTS, ARTIFACTS & ANIMALS are protected and should not be touched or harassed. 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. Discover the many states of California.TM CAMPING RESERVATIONS: You may make camping reservations by calling (800) 444-7275 (TTY 800-274-7275). To make online reservations, visit our website at www.parks.ca.gov. ALTERNATE FORMAT: This publication is available in alternate formats by contacting the California State Parks at (800) 777-0369 or 711, TTY relay service. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Environmental Camping and Day-Use Area Your Site # ________ To Monterey Day-Use Area 1 HI GH W NE O ok rlo ve il AY O SELF PAY STATION ll T ra Observation deck and Waterfall House Remnants fa er W at EA AR Tr a il Pelton Wheel C A SE LO P IF D C IC O CE AN LEGEND k y Wa c M ee Cr Accessible Feature 1 Bridge Environmental Camp Parking (1) Saddle Rock Camp Picnic (2) South Gardens Camp Restrooms Trails To Morro Bay To Highway 1 Maps not to scale. © 2010 California State Parks Viewpoint Water NO BEACH ACCESS For Emergencies Dial 9-1-1.