Natural Resources


Despite the closure of public lands, many Big Sur businesses (including private campgrounds) are open for business. Call the business you wish to visit ahead of travel for hours of operation. 

As of 6 PM on 9/21/2020, Highway 1 is fully open along the Big Sur coast. 

Most other roads in the region are closed.   

US Forest Service Managed Lands - Though 98% contained as of this date, the Dolan Fire continues to burn in the Ventana Wilderness and its trails and backcountry camps are closed. The Silver Peak Wilderness remains closed. Effectively, the entire Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest is closed.  Click here for the Forest Closure Order dated 10/09/2020.  This link includes a Forest Closure Map.    

Fines for entering closed areas can be up to $10,000.  

State Parks

The following are open for day use:  Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Garrapata State Park - Soberanes Canyon Trail, Andrew Molera State Park, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (go online or call to find out if their campgrounds are open) 

The following remain closed: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, John Little State Natural Reserve, Limekiln State Park, Point Sur State Historic Park 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO (additional US Forest Service information for the Monterey Ranger District): Please note that the information above is oftentimes more up-to-date than the US Forest Service site. Call 831-385-5434 with questions. 

natural resources imageFrom upland conifer forests and rolling, sunbaked grasslands to fog-shrouded redwood gulches and wave-beaten Pacific headlands, the northern Santa Lucia Mountains could be considered a “best of” compilation of California. The wide-variety of soil types, combined with elevations ranging from sea level to 5,862’ atop Santa Lucia (Junipero Serra) Peak sustain a diverse mix of plant communities which support an equally diverse bestiary of everything from the regal California condor to diminutive Santa Lucia Mountains slender salamander.

Following is a listing of natural history articles pertaining to this unique region of Central California. Many of these articles were originally published in the Double Cone Register (DCR), an occasional, web-based publication focused on the natural and cultural history of the northern Santa Lucia Mountains. A full index of DCR articles can be found here: The Double Cone Register

This is by no means and exhaustive library, so please send new, potential additions to



Alice Eastwood’s "The Coniferae of the Santa Lucia Mountains", Rodgers 2006 (transcribed and introduced)

An Addendum on the Botanical History of Santa Lucia Fir, Abies bracteata, with Excerpts from the Notes and Letters of Early Collectors, Rodgers 1998

Jewel Flower (Streptanthus glandulosus), Rodgers 2006

pdfMimulus cardinalus (Scarlet Monkey Flower), and where in the California Coast Ranges did David Douglas Find the Closely Related Mimulus lewisii?, Rodgers 2010

Plants (along with lichens & bryophytes) of the UC Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve

Plants of the Highest Santa Lucia and Diablo Range Peaks, California, Griffin 1975

The Plants of Monterey County, an Illustrated Field Key, California Native Plant Society, Matthews & Mitchell, 2015



Amphibians and Reptiles of the UC Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve

Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Monterey County, Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society, Roberson & Tenney (ed.), 1993

Birds of the UC Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve

Invertebrates of the UC Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve

Mammals of the UC Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve

Santa Lucia Mountains Slender Salamander,



Geology of the Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve



pdfCone Peak Gradient Research Natural Area Technical Report, USDA Forest Service 2004


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