Travel Alerts

Soberanes Fire Incident

There is currently a fire taking place in Big Sur, Monterey County – primarily in non-populated areas. The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be monitoring the situation to provide updates and travel advisories on our website. While some of our destination is affected, most businesses in southern Monterey County are open for business along with the rest of the destination. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our affected residents, first responders and all the volunteers helping and working to keep the destination safe. Please see the links below for ongoing updates and information.


LOCATION: Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, Monterey County

US FOREST SERVICE TRAIL AND ROAD CLOSURES: A forest closure order was implemented on September 2nd to close the trails and roads within the Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger. The order prohibits going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Monterey Ranger District. For a complete list of closures please visit:


  • Point Sur Light Station State Historic ParPoint Lobos State Natural Reserve
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – partially open. The parking area and restrooms are open as well as the McWay Falls Overlook trail and Partington Cove Trail. The environmental campsites are open and accepting reservations. The Ewoldson Trail and Tan Bark Trail are closed.
  • Garland Ranch Regional Park open with the exception of Vasquez Trail
  • Kahn Ranch open with the exception of Osborne Ridge and Cougar Ridge Trails
  • Palo Corona Regional Park
  • Pfeiffer Beach Day Use
  • Mill Creek Day Use
  • Willow Creek Day Use
  • Sand Dollar Day Use
  • Kirk Creek Campground
  • Plaskett Creek Campground


  • Andrew Molera State Park- all park lands closed to public entry
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park- the Big Sur Lodge and Buzzard’s Roost Trail are open; all other area of the park are closed to the public
  • Garrapata State Park- all park lands east of Highway 1 closed to public entry
  • Arroyo Seco Campground and Day Use closed until further notice
  • John Little State Natural Reserve closed until further notice
  • Botcher’s Gap closed until further notice
  • Nacimiento Campground – closed until 10/1/16
  • Ponderosa Campground - closed until 10/1/16
  • Cachagua Community Park- anticipated reopen date 10/1/16
  • Mill Creek Redwood Preserve closed indefinitely

EVACUATIONS: The evacuation order for Tassajara Road from Chews Ridge to the end of the road at Tassajara Zen Center is the last remaining warning or order in effect.

AIR QUALITY: Click here for the latest air quality report from the Monterey Bay Air Resources District.

Click here for the Soberanes Fire incident page.

Click here for the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services facebook page. It is regularly updated throughout the day with updated fire links, emergency and evacuation information.

TO DONATE: If you would like to donate to local relief efforts to the fire victims, please visit the Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) and the Community Foundation for Monterey County webpages.

Holman Highway Construction

For the latest information, please visit the TAMC website here.

  • Roadwork consists of one-way reversing traffic control on eastbound Hwy. 68 from 9 am to 1 pm at each location. Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • There will be an electronic message board alerting motorists of these closures. CHP will be present to assist with traffic control.
  • The purpose of this maintenance work is to improve traveler safety by removing some dead pine trees. Roadwork is being done by the Caltrans Monterey Maintenance and Salinas Tree Crews.
  • For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit their website at:


Highway 68 Roundabout project

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