Big Sur Detour

A massive road slide near Carmel, Calif., means campers headed to the Big Sur area will need to take a more scenic route.

A major portion of Highway 1, about 13 miles south of Carmel between the Rocky Creek Bridge and the Bixby Creek Bridge, was damaged March 16 in a crib wall failure.

A 100-foot section of the roadway dropped into the sea.

Cal Trans is estimating that the roadway will remain closed for repairs for at least a month.

That means people heading to California State Park campgrounds in the Big Sur area will not be able to access the parks from the north.

"Although coming down Highway 1 from the north will not be possible, the southern route remains open," said C.L. Price, the Big Sur Sector Superintendent for the parks system.

"We would encourage people to keep their vacation plans and use the southern route," he said.

"It's about three hours longer, but it is a spectacular stretch of coastline worth exploring on the way to Big Sur."

Campers coming from the north can get to the southern route to Big Sur by traveling down Interstate 5 or State Highway 101 to Pasa Robles, then turning west on Highway 46 toward the coast and Highway 1.

There are many new vineyards along this route, as well as Hearst Castle and the Elephant Seal beaches near the Castle.

Price suggests that vacationers fill up their gas tanks before leaving the Cambria and San Simeon community areas along Highway 1.

Any campers who do not wish to make the longer journey can get refunds from ReserveAmerica.