Glamping at Pfeiffer Big Sur

If you are looking for an iconic Californian experience beyond surfing or laying on the beach, consider a camping trip. With so many incredible national parks, it’s not hard to see why this type of outdoor adventure is so popular among locals. Now, if you’re not someone who is keen on roughing it, don’t be turned off by the idea of camping. Instead, turn your camping trip into a glamping trip where you can enjoy all the wonders of nature in style and comfort.

When searching for the perfect glamping spot, it’s hard to look past Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. We’ve put together a guide with everything you need to know about the park so you can have an unforgettable glamping trip. 

About Pfeiffer Big Sur

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is located 112 miles south of San Francisco and is one of the most well-known parks on Highway 1. It boasts impressive natural beauty and huge redwoods, which are a drawcard for many travelers. 

The park has a long history, dating back to 1884 when John Pfeiffer chose to settle here on 160 acres of land. The cabin, which was originally built above the Big Sur River Gorge, has since been reconstructed on Gorge Trail where it can be seen today. This original acreage became the first part of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park when Pfeiffer chose to sell the land to the state of California in the 1930s, rather than the developers who had made him numerous offers. As a result, the State Park Commission chose to honor Pfeiffer and his decision by naming the park after him. 

Today, the park is 1,000 acres of preserved land which is a popular place for hiking, camping, and wildlife watching. 

Getting to Pfeiffer Big Sur

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is about a 2.5-3-hour drive from San Francisco. You’ll want to take the Pacific Coast Highway so you can enjoy the stunning views of the coastline as you make your way down to the park. There is a range of great sites to visit on the way including the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Bixby Creek Bridge, and Keyhole Rock at Pfeiffer Beach.

The best way to get there is to drive, so if you don’t have a car you will need to rent one. This is especially important if you are doing activities where you need to take equipment. To save space in the car, leave your big bags behind in San Francisco and only take a small bag of clothes and personal items. If this glamping adventure is part of a bigger trip, check your bags into a luggage storage facility in SF. It will be kept safe for your return and you won’t have to worry about squeezing it in with all of the other gear. 

Finding the best glamping spot at Pfeiffer Big Sur

When it comes to glamping at Pfeiffer Big Sur, you have two options: stay at a luxury campsite in one of the designated camping areas, or go full decadence in a wood cabin. 

Glamping at campsites

To find the perfect glamping site, head to the Hipcamp website. It’s a quick and easy way to find a campsite in a specific area. Just do a search for your dates and filter for luxury options.

Typically, the glamping accommodation offerings come with all the amenities you need to enjoy the natural environment, while also maintaining a good level of comfort. You can expect large, furnished tents, barbecue setups, and even hot showers. These luxury getaways usually include a proper bed so you can be guaranteed to wake up refreshed and ready for your exploring.

Glamping in a cabin

If the idea of sleeping in a tent (even a luxury one) doesn’t work for you, there is always the option of staying in a cabin. GlampingHub will help you to find the perfect one for your requirements, and there are many to choose from in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. 

Whether you are looking for a simple yurt or a cozy mountain cabin, staying in this sort of lodging will definitely add a level of luxury to your adventure. It’s the perfect way to experience the wilderness without giving up any of your daily comforts.

Tips for glamping in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

  1. Check your campsite to see if you need to pre-book

Some campsites require booking and if you are staying in a luxury glamping one, you can pretty guarantee that you will need to lock in your dates before you visit. If you are visiting during peak time make sure to get in early. This is a popular spot and sites will book out – you don’t want to miss out just for being slow!

  1. Go prepared

While glamping offers you protection from the weather, you’ll still want to be prepared for any conditions. Make sure to pack everything from sunscreen to wet weather gear so you can get out and explore, whether rain, hail, or shine. That is, unless you’re planning on hanging out in your luxury tent or cabin the entire time – in which case, remember a good book!

  1. Always pack your food away at night

Even if you are staying in a luxury tent or elegant yurt, pack your food away before you go to bed at night. The last thing you want to wake up to is food strewn about by raccoons, especially if it’s in the middle of the night.

Whether you choose a tent, a yurt or a cabin, your experience in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park will be one to remember.


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