Monterey Bay Area State Parks
Molera - In the spectacular Big Sur area, this park is still relatively
undeveloped and offers visitors great hiking, fishing and beachcombing. Miles
of trails wind through meadows, beaches and hilltops. A primitive trail camp,
popular with hikers and bikers, is located approximately one third mile from the
Ord Dunes - The purpose of Fort Ord Dunes State Park is to perpetuate
forever, for public use, inspiration, esthetic enjoyment, and education, an area
along the central California Coast of unique natural beauty and scientific significance
including sandy beaches and coastal dunes. All scenic, natural, cultural and recreational
resources will be managed as a whole, preserving and restoring the natural charter
of the park in accordance with ecological principles.
Park - This park features expansive views of Monterey Bay, from its
hiking trails in the grasslands of the higher peaks of the Gavilan Range. Other
views include the San Benito Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains
east of Big Sur.
- The park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb
to a beautiful view of the Pacific. With 2,879 acres, the park offers diverse
coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves.
Pfeiffer Burns - 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.
- The park features breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast, the beauty of the
redwoods, the rugged coast and the cultural history of limekilns. The park has
(State Historic Park) - State historic parks preserve places and
objects of statewide historic significance. Monterey State Historic Park served
as California's capital under Spanish, Mexican and U.S. rule. The U.S. flag was
first officially raised in California here on July 7, 1846, bringing 600,000 square
miles, including California, into the Union.
Big Sur - The park has 1006 acres of redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores,
cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Wildlife includes
wild boars, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers.
Sur (State Historic Park) - The park, with an active US Coast Guard
light station, sits 361 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock. First lit
on August 1, 1889, the light station has remained in continuous operation. Four
lighthouse keepers and their families lived at the site until 1974 when the light
station was automated. Today, the buildings are being restored as a complete turn
of the century (1889-1929) light station.
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