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Address: Big Sur Station #1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831-667-2315
Description: The visitor information center at Big Sur.

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Nice starting point for the Pine Ridge Trail

Any trail head with flushing toilets gets an A from me. If you're backpacking parking is $5 a night which is a deal compared to other parks.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2014
NormRoberts
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Bellflower, California
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Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

Watch out for the gas prices ! ! ! This is legally stealing ! So, fill up in Monterey but never in Big Sur. You will feel like a fool and it says "no gas station next 40 miles" ! Monopoly next 40 miles ;-)

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Simi Valley, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Make sure you fill your gas tank before heading to the BIg Sur area. We went in a nice gift shop and I was curious on the price of gasoline. I was shocked to see $5.49 for regular. I bought a nice ball cap to add to my collection from the price I saved by having 3/4 of a tank... More 

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Bellflower, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Any trail head with flushing toilets gets an A from me. If you're backpacking parking is $5 a night which is a deal compared to other parks.

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Sedona, AZ
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76 reviews 76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

traveling down route 101 S., this is the first stop when she do have a few restaurants about 45 miles north. The restaurant bathrooms next to the market were very dirty.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

They are helpful and a great source for Big Sur. We had trouble finding Pfeiffer Beach, and they helped us get there, and enjoy a great afternoon.

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Santa Clara, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The station was closed every tme we went there. The maps outside were nice, and the access to trails in the big sur was terrific. Can stop here to find a trail that is dog friendly. Note: what they are calling "easy" would be moderate at any other campground, and strenuous is only for aerobics instructors who are rock climbers... More 

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Fremont, California
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1,312 helpful votes 1,312 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Big Sur station is a ranger station operated by Caltrans, the Los Padres National Forest, and California State Parks. They do an amazing job of keeping the entire Big Sur area a great place to visit. The station is 26 miles south of Carmel near the actual town of Big Sur, California. There is a Nature Station Store here with... More 

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Cape Canaveral, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This was a nice little stop for us on the long Pacific Coast Highway drive. We stopped here to use the bathroom and stretch our legs a bit. The shops had an eclectic selection, there was a restaurant and a general store as well. You could walk down by the creek where there were some great photo opportunities. Good place... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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348 reviews 348 reviews
247 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Stopped here to stretch our legs on our trip along the pacific coast from la to san fran. Some really beautiful views, nice picturesque spots. Good place to stop, stretch your legs, get a post card maybe, have a bite to eat. Check it out !

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This place was just amazing, breathtaking views on both side's of the street, you get the mountains scenery on one side and the pacific ocean on the other side awesome experience can't wait to visit this coastal area again.

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