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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to reopen after 11 months

Pfeiffer Beach at the mouth of the Big Sur River in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, seen in 2007.
Pfeiffer Beach at the mouth of the Big Sur River in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, seen in 2007.

The long wait for access to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is just about over.

You will still have a hard time getting there from the south, thanks to the mudslides on Highway 1, but the park itself is reopening Saturday, State Parks announced, after an 11-month closure. The park was closed during last summer’s Soberanes Fire and remained closed during this year’s heavy winter storms.

State Parks also announced that a new van shuttle service is in place. The van will pick up visitors from the Andrew Molera State Park parking lot and shuttle them to locations north of the collapsed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, including Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, a news release said.

The park offers overnight camping and day use along the Big Sur River.

The only trails open are Liewald Flat Trail, Nature Trail, Redwood Deck, River Path and Warden’s Path. The Big Sur Lodge, with 61 guest rooms and a conference room, remains open.

Trails closed because of hazardous conditions are Buzzards Roost, Valley View, Pfeiffer Falls, Pine Ridge, Gorge and Mt. Manuel. Group Camp is also closed and not available for reservation until further notice.

For updates on current conditions, visit https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=570.

Watch as crews bring down most of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The bridge cracked and shifted during recent winter storms and could not be repaired. This video was taken by Stan Russell, executive director of Big

Highway 1 at Mud Creek in Big Sur remains closed as “significant” amounts of dirt and rock continue to slide down the slope from above. This video taken from a Monterey County Sheriff's Office airplane shows the massive slide, which "went from bad

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