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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur remains closed

Recent storms have done more damage to the popular coastal state park. It had already been damaged and closed in February, and now the opening has been delayed.

Posted: Mar 24, 2019 10:12 AM

BIG SUR, Calif. — California State Parks is reminding the public that Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park remains closed due to extensive damage caused by recent storms.

The popular park has been closed since early February when heavy rains and high winds pummeled the Big Sur area.

The restroom facilities and visitor welcome station at the park were severely damaged and need to be repaired.

The closure means there is no access to the Waterfall Overlook Trail which leads to the iconic McWay Falls.

State Parks is asking for the public’s cooperation in respecting the park closure by refraining from parking illegally on Highway 1 or attempting to climb down to the trail.

They said it is unsafe to climb down the hill. They said the practice is causing significant, additional damage to park resources in the form of erosion, litter and damaged fencing, and is also causing highway congestion.

Parks staff from the Monterey District are working diligently to identify funding sources and implement a plan to reopen the park as soon as possible.

The park’s restrooms are one of a limited number of public restrooms in the Big Sur area and State Parks is seeking short-term solutions to alleviate this concern.

A longer-term plan is being worked out to make the needed repairs to the parks’ damaged buildings and trails.

State Parks hopes to re-open the park in a limited capacity later this spring.

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