Big Sur's Only Free Camping Spot Is Closing for 2 Years — Here’s Why

The decision, which was confirmed during a vote by the California Coastal Commission, will shut down overnight camping and campfires at the San Carpoforo Creek Beach.

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Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Camping along California’s popular Big Sur region is about to get a bit pricier when officials implement a two year ban of the only free camping spot.

The decision, which was confirmed during a vote by the California Coastal Commission, will shut down overnight camping and campfires at the San Carpoforo Creek Beach for two years, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Up until now, it was the only free camping spot along Highway 1 and the Big Sur coast.

The decision was made so the U.S. Forest Service could “address several emerging visitor management issues and concerns about sensitive species and habitats,” according to the California Coastal Commission, including “high levels” of trash and debris.

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During the closure, the U.S. Forest Service will work on a way to ensure growing crowds don’t “adversely affect the sensitive coastal resources at the beach, which include several endangered or threatened species.”

The closure is set to go into effect in April, according to the Tribune. Visitors to the beach during the day will still be allowed along with leashed dogs.

“I am concerned [about] the loss of the camping, but I also completely agree with the Forest Service on the impacts to the coastal resources — I am very appreciative that they’re addressing it,” said Caryl Hart, commissioner for the California Coastal Commission, according to the Tribune.

The iconic stretch of the California coast known as Big Sur extends for 90 miles along Highway 1 between Carmel-by-the-Sea and San Simeon. From its breathtaking cliffs and beaches to picture-perfect towns and quirky shops, the area features an endless amount of travel or road trip opportunities.

While camping on the free San Carpoforo Creek Beach will no longer be an option, there are still plenty of places travelers can set up their tents (or RV’s) in the area complete with amazing ocean or forest views.

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