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Featured Events

Aug
1
2014

Carmel Bach Festival

Jul. 19-Aug. 2
The Carmel Bach Festival has a 75-year history of artistic excellence and community…more
Aug
2
2014

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Aug. 2
The Salinas Valley Half Marathon begins at the historic Soledad Mission, established…more
Aug
11
2014

Monterey Auto Week

Aug. 11-Aug. 17
Classic automobiles take over the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Auto Week and…more
Aug
12
2014

Concours On The Avenue

Aug. 12
Sixth Annual Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours On The Avenue......Carmel's world famous…more
Aug
14
2014

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Aug. 14-Aug. 17
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of Monterey…more
Aug
15
2014

Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally

Aug. 15
The colorful 20th Annual Pacific Grove Concourse Auto Rally will be held on Friday,…more
Aug
16
2014

Concorso Italiano

Aug. 16
A celebration of Italian style, featuring the most spectacular display of Italian…more
Aug
17
2014

Concours d'Elegance

Aug. 17
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unique pre-war and post-war cars,…more
Aug
22
2014

Sand City West End Celebration

Aug. 22-Aug. 24
The streets of Sand City come alive for the West End Celebration! Sand City is…more
Aug
23
2014

First City Festival

Aug. 23-Aug. 24
Experience a weekend of music, food, and fresh ocean air at the site of the iconic…more
Aug
27
2014

Monterey County Fair

Aug. 27-Sep. 1
The annual Monterey County Fair is always fun for all, with livestock exhibition,…more
Aug
30
2014

Monterey Bay Greek Festival

Aug. 30-Sep. 1
The St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church of Monterey County will hold its 28th…more
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Activities

Equestrian Encounter

Stonepine Estate
Equestrian Encounter 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…
Aug 1, 2014
- Dec 31, 2014

20% discount off any treatment 50-minutes or longer

Vista Blue Spa at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Located over the tranquil Monterey Bay, Vista Blue Spa is on the top floor of the…

FREE APPETIZER or 1 HR of POOL

Blue Fin Cafe & Billiards
Choose a FREE APP or 1Hr of Pool with any $20 purchase on selected items *Mention…

Estate Experience

Stonepine Estate
Estate Experience 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage Accommodations …
Apr 16, 2014
- Dec 31, 2014

See Monterey

Carmel Food Tours
Save 10% on each ticket purchased when you use the code MCCVB

Estate Experience

Stonepine Estate
Estate Experience 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage Accommodations …

Carmel Valley Wine Discovery

Stonepine Estate
Carmel Valley Wine Discovery 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

Carmel Valley Wine Discovery

Stonepine Estate
Carmel Valley Wine Discovery 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

Carmel Valley Wine Discovery

Stonepine Estate
Carmel Valley Wine Discovery 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

Equestrian Encounter

Stonepine Estate
Equestrian Encounter 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

Estate Experience

Stonepine Estate
Estate Experience 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage Accommodations …

Equestrian Encounter

Stonepine Estate
Equestrian Encounter 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

Enjoy the Wonders of the Wharf VIP Card

Old Fisherman's Wharf Association
The “Enjoy the Wonders of the Wharf VIP Card and Special Offers Campaign includes a…
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Los Padres National Forest, Big Sur

Los Padres National Forest, Big Sur

Los Padres National Forest

One of the great treasures of the United States, the Los Padres National Forest is 1.75 million acres of diverse parkland, including many unspoiled, primitive wilderness areas. The Los Padres National Forest offers over 300 miles of rugged Big Sur hiking trails, as well as some of the best unspoiled Big Sur campsites.

Los Padres National Forest spans five counties: Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Kern. In Monterey County, Los Padres National Forest extends through Big Sur and out toward the Salinas Valley. It houses redwood groves, the California condor, and provides a refuge for 468 species of fish and wildlife, as well as endangered and sensitive plant species.

Camping

Los Padres National Forest houses 11 campgrounds holding many of Big Sur's campsites, ranging from primitive hike-in sites to fully featured modern campgrounds with showers that are capable of accommodating RVs of all sizes. Some campgrounds in Los Padres National Forest offer hunting, fishing, hiking, cycling, and horseback riding.

See the US Forest Service's Los Padres National Forest website for a list of every campsite in the Monterey District, as well as detailed information on each. Once you find one you like, visit Recreation.gov to make your Big Sur camping reservation

Hiking, Cycling and Horseback Riding

With 323 miles of hiking trails in the Monterey District of the Los Padres National Forest, even the most dedicated outdoor enthusiast could spend weeks exploring the area without walking twice in the same place. Short loops are perfect for a day hike, while the hardcore hiker or camper can spend days on these Big Sur hiking trails without ever seeing civilization.

The Los Padres National Forest is also known for providing a unique Big Sur horseback riding experience. Its rugged trails will give you the sense that you've ridden back in time.

Cyclists are not permitted in wilderness areas, but are allowed on many other hiking trails within Los Padres National Forest. Check the Los Padres National Forest website for more information.

The Los Padres National Forest maintains a list of trails available for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. In addition, the Ventana Wilderness Alliance maintains online reports of hiking trail conditions that are frequently updated.

Hunting

Hunting is permitted in many areas of the Los Padres National Forest. However, lead bullets are banned. California Department of Fish and Game regulations apply. Consult the US Forest Service's Los Padres National Forest website to learn which areas are open for hunting, and the California Department of Fish and Game website for information on hunting seasons, licenses and fees.

Fishing

Fishing is permitted in many lakes, rivers and ocean areas of the Los Padres National Forest. California Department of Fish and Game regulations apply. Consult the US Forest Service's Los Padres National Forest website to learn which areas are open for fishing, and the California Department of Fish and Game website for information on fishing licenses, regulations and fees.

Maps

The US Forest Service website has detailed online maps of Los Padres National Forest, including information on campgrounds, undeveloped campsites and hiking trails. Hard copies of the Los Padres National Forest map can be purchased online from the US Forest Service.

 

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