BIG CREEK RESERVE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
HIGHWAY 1 IS CLOSED TO NON-RESIDENT TRAFFIC AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH OF BIG CREEK RESERVE
The heavy rains in January have saturated soils on steep slopes along Highway 1 in Big Sur. Multiple active slides, slumping roadways and a failed highway bridge have resulted in Caltrans determining the roadway is unsafe for travel in several locations.
Furthermore, the weather and flooding have taken a large toll on the roads inside Big Creek and access is severely limited at this time due to multiple rock and mud slides, road damage, power and phone line outages, and tree falls. The reserve will remain closed until staff can assess and proceed safely to resume access to the reserve.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Due to a bridge replacement in Big Sur, access to Big Creek Reserve will only be possible from the south for the remainder of the year. Nacamiento-Ferguson Road and Highway 1 from Cambria and SR 46 are likely to open after winter rains cease. Please take this into consideration as you plan your field trips this year.
You can check road conditions at the following websites:
Thank you for your understanding and I hope you can accommodate the above conditions into your plans. If you have any questions or have an urgent resource-dependent research need, please feel free to contact me.