Eco Guide to Big Sur
The more you know about this unique region, the more you will love it and help protect it.

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Hwy One

Interactive Map

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Molera State Park

Nacimiento Road

Old Coast Road

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Big Sur

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Song Bird Banding
with the Ventana Wilderness Society

New Condor Photos

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Trail Map

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Big Sur Lodge, the complete Big Sur experience

For hiking and other general information about the area, visit Big Sur Station. Regional offices for California State Parks, Los Padres National Forest and CalTrans are located here. You can park here for back country hikes, get campfire permits, and several trailheads are close by. Telephone 831 667 2315

Big Sur Station

Big Sur International Marathon

Things to do in Big Sur – Birding, kayaking, diving, botanizing, exploring, hot springs, light houses, horseback riding, museums, wine tasting, tide pooling …

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Carmel Hiking and Birding

Wildlife in San Simeon

Once thought extinct, Elephant Seals have made a resounding comeback. Go the to scene of some real wildlife excitement. Hearst would have loved it, right there in his front yard!


PelicanNetwork Guide to the California Central Coast
Salad Bowl and Steinbeck Country to Big Sur –Monterey to San Simeon.
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Big Sur Watercolors
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