After nearly a year-long closure, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park reopens July 1, just in time for the holiday weekend.
Visitors will have access to the campgrounds and four of the park's day-use lots, according to California State Parks. A soft opening of a portion of the campground began about six week ago.
The park was closed due to the Soberanes Fire last summer, followed by heavy winter storms in January and February of this year, which closed numerous roads in the Big Sur area.
State Parks officials have been able to reopen some, but not all, of the hiking trails. The only trails currently open are the Liewald Flat Trail, Nature Trail, Redwood Deck, River Path and Warden’s Path.
Highway 1 remains closed at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, but visitors will be able to get to the park using a new shuttle service that also starts July 1.
The shuttle will operate seven days a week from noon-8pm, picking up visitors from the Andrew Molera State Park parking lot and bringing them to a one-mile hiking path around the closed bride, then transporting them from the trail to various locations south of the collapsed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, as far as Nepenthe.
Starting in late July, shuttle service will extend to additional points south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. The shuttle will run until the bridge reconstruction is complete.
Hours and fees of the shuttle can be found on the Sur Transportation website.
The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was damaged after a landslide shifted the base of a support column during heavy rains in January 2017.
A new bridge is expected to be complete and the highway reopened in October.