Big Sur

Monterey County District Attorney's Office

The man shot and killed by park rangers in Big Sur last weekend was wanted for murder in the Bay Area.

Erika Mahoney

Overtourism has impacted places like the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, where Games of Thrones was filmed. But it also pushed that destination to manage the industry more mindfully. Now in Monterey County, there’s also a push to shape the tourism industry in a more sustainable way.

Krista Almanzan


There’s a mountain side on the south coast of Big Sur that has been slowly slipping.  Known as Paul’s Slide, it drops rocks, dirt and mud onto Highway 1. Paul’s Slide is also threatening the road that connects a group of monks to the rest of the world.

CalTrans

Update: As of 12:00pm on Friday, November 30, Highway 1 is back open at Paul's Slide and Mud Creek.  

 

With heavy rain comes the threat of mudslides.  So with rain in the forecast, CalTrans is temporarily closing two sections of Highway 1 along the Big Sur Coast.

California State Parks

Big Sur has a messy problem of people going to the bathroom along Highway 1. Now there’s progress toward one solution. 

Krista Almanzan

Big Sur has a complicated relationship with tourists. The community relies on visitors for its economic survival. But too many can cause problems. There's an experiment underway to help that on the road to one popular destination. 

Brandt Bates

This weekend will be the first in more than a year that Highway 1 is completely open through Big Sur. That will bring even more tourist traffic and businesses and residents are bracing it. 

Driving The New Stretch Of Highway 1 In Big Sur

Jul 19, 2018
Greta Mart @KCBX

Highway 1 reopened to through traffic in Big Sur on Wednesday thanks to a $54-million dollar, quarter mile stretch of roadway. 

California Department of Transportation

Starting Wednesday morning, you can drive all the way through Big Sur on Highway 1. A portion of the road has been closed for more than a year. A massive landslide wiped it out.

Angela Hernandez

An Oregon woman continues to recover in the hospital after driving off Highway 1 in Big Sur. Angela Hernandez, 23, spent seven days 200 feet down a cliffside before being rescued.

Brandt Bates

Big Sur has more tourists than public restrooms to support them and that's creating a mess. People are relieving themselves along Highway 1 and on private property. 

Krista Almanzan

NEW Update: This closure on Palo Colorado Road has been moved  again.  It's now Tuesday, June 26th at 7:00am.  This will not change the project completion date.

Rural parts of Monterey County are still grappling with damage from last year’s storms.  Palo Colorado Road was one of the hardest it.

The road begins at the coast on Highway 1 and stretches eight miles deep into the Big Sur wilderness.  Starting today, a part of it will close for about four months of repairs. 

Erika Mahoney

Nearly two years after the Soberanes Fire, some Big Sur hiking trails are still closed. The fire and following mudslides left major damage. But this Saturday, one popular trail is reopening. 

Erika Mahoney

A long-awaited ribbon cutting tomorrow will mark the opening of the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. The bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur has been closed for eight months after winter storms damaged it beyond repair. This literally divided the community.  

Erika Mahoney

update: CalTrans says the bridge will open to the public near the end of the day on Friday, October 13th.

A new bridge is taking shape 100 feet above Pfeiffer Canyon in Big Sur. It has been seven months since winter storms damaged the old one beyond repair and left part of the community stranded.

Krista Almanzan

The Henry Miller Library is an iconic Big Sur destination.  But a bridge failure and landslides left it stranded without tourists to support it.

So the Library moved north and set up temporary shop in Carmel. Now its Executive Director is finding reason to make that temporary location permanent.

Krista Almanzan

Joe Erwin and I stand on land that didn’t exist before the Mud Creek Slide.  The ocean is at our backs.  In front of us, a semi-truck hauling enormous boulders makes its way down an access road carved into this new hillside.

“You know when you first see it you are overwhelmed by how big it is.  And you think what can we possible do,” says Joe Erwin, Project Manager with CalTrans.

courtesy John Madonna

The plan to clear a massive landslide that fell on Highway 1 in Big Sur earlier this year is to not clear it.  Instead CalTrans will build a road on top of it.

Erika Mahoney

Areas of Big Sur that have been nearly impossible to access are opening up. Adding to the growing list of businesses and State Parks, you can now visit the Esalen Institute.  It reopened Friday after the longest closure in its history.   

Krista Almanzan

A shuttle service launches in Big Sur Saturday, July 1st.  It will give visitors a way to access businesses on the south side of the downed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, an area locals call “the island”.

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