This park may only have two camping spots, but they are known to be some of the best camping in California! Both are walk-in (meaning be prepared to bring all your gear in under your own steam), but provide wonderful seclusion and exquisite views of the Big Sur coastline. Fire rings, picnic tables and restrooms are available, but you will need to bring in all of your water and firewood (and bring it back out, of course!). Needless to say, these two spots book up extremely fast, so be sure to grab an open spot if you see it! Water is available across Highway 1 near the restrooms.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Big Sur has got some of the best hiking on the coast (hike through Redwood groves to dramatic coastal views). If you only have ...Read more

Wildlife watching

There she blows! In December and January the bench at the end of Overlook trail is an excellent place to watch for gray whales ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Julia Pfeiffer Burns Campground.

Hipcamp makes it easy to find unique camping experiences.
Discover campsites, ranches, vineyards, farms, glamping, public parks and more.
Illustration tent arms eggplant

14 Reviews

No one? Bueller? Sharing is caring, y'all.
Drop some Julia Pfeiffer Burns Campground knowledge on us.
Hipcamper Pierre
Pierre A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 13th, 2015

The two sites are at a pretty good distance from each other. This is a little paradise with a lot of space. We probably were lucky but we saw whales, dolphins and sea lions hanging around down the cliff. What a spot!

The iconic McWay cove. Campsite is just behind the trees up there. Amazing.We saw whales and dolphins literally from the campground!Julia Pfeiffer Burns CampgroundCampsite 1.
Hipcamper Sasha
Sasha C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 18th, 2015

Rather than parking in the JPB lot and schlepping your stuff, drive another 1/4 mile or so down Hwy. 1 until you see a pullout on your right and a fenced fire road. This is the most direct way down to the campsites. It's pretty steep, but MUCH shorter.

Start of the Ewoldsen Trail.Views from Campsite #1.
Hipcamper Sasha
Sasha C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 18th, 2015

There is NO WATER at these environmental campsites. The only place to fill up is at the spigot right by the restrooms in the parking lot, which is about 1/2 a mile away.

Start of the Ewoldsen Trail.Views from Campsite #1.
Hipcamper Alfredo
Alfredo R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 3rd, 2016

Wow did we ever get lucky by scoring a cancellation spot at this site. SO BEAUTIFUL. Only 2 sites that are right next to each other. In 1 guests NEVER showed up! what a shame. Really hope it doesnt burn down with those fires going on to the north right now. About the hike in. Its really not a hike at all. Living in SF I usally have to park that distance, or further from my house every day. Yes it can be a little annoying because you have to carry everything in. But its really not bad at all. We parked at the very end of the lot closest to the road and the walk was a piece of cake. Only cumbersome thing was having to check in about 11 miles north of the campground at the main Big Sur park check in area. Dont forget that part!

She had the best seat in the house for this sunsetSketchy sketchy trail to get down to this rock for this shot.
Hipcamper Sasha
Sasha C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 18th, 2015

Campsite #1 has killer views, but campsite #2 is slightly bigger and flatter (i.e. you could easily fit four tents).

Start of the Ewoldsen Trail.Views from Campsite #1.
Hipcamper laura
Laura S.
recommends this listing.
December 7th, 2017

Be aware that hikers will come through your site, as they're trying to access a good view. You gotta role with it.

Hipcamper Bea
Bea L.
recommends this listing.
January 29th, 2019

Beautiful spot that books months in advance. If you’re lucky you’ll have the whole place to yourself as there are only 2 spaces. They let us slide with five people but typically it allows for 4 people per site. The other campers didn’t show so we had the space to ourselves and it was awesome! I recommend grabbing both if you can.

Ocean (not accessible) sounds, dolphins, giant trees, and complete privacy from the Big Sur foot traffic. There’s no water, and it is hike in/out.. but not far at all..,and you can pull your car up at the top of the short walk for unloading and loading so it really still feels like car camping with a little extra hauling required. Definetly in my top 10, a must do!

The campground is nestled just above the waterfall. Brought the big tent since the hike in is super short. Making chili!Entrance off the 1,  short walk down the road the campground.
Hipcamper Andy
Andy P.
recommends this listing.
May 2nd, 2017

Surprisingly large campground. Great nearby hike options. Working your way up the creek is also a great way to keep cool on a hot Summer day.

Hipcamper renee
Renee W.
recommends this listing.
April 16th, 2019

We were so stoked when our friend told us she got permits for this spot! DO NOT try to descend to the falls... it will result in a $500+ fine. Only observe from above :)

Julia Pfeiffer Burns CampgroundJulia Pfeiffer Burns Campground
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
United States
Phone Number
(831) 667-2315
View on Google Maps
Official Website
View Website
36.158° N, 121.672° W
Unknown price
Tent Only: 2 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)