Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

47225 California 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

Deep within Los Padres National Forest, Pfeiffer Beach is a surreal mix of purple sand, giant redwoods, sycamores, and oaks. Offshore, a smattering of sea stacks are scattered like biscuit crumbs across the ocean. A hole through the center of one-known locally as "the door"-provides a frame for the setting sun; as it dips, the rock glows like a set of otherworldly gates in the last rays of daylight.

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