How to Get to Big Sur on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road
Update: Highway One is now 100% open throughout Monterey County. Read this post for more information.
Great news Big Sur travelers: Highway 1 at Rocky Creek has just reopened 24 hours a day, just in time for travelers heading to Big Sur from the North. Sadly, geologic instability on Highway 1 at Alder Creek is keeping the roadway closed (in both directions) from the South. However, there’s an alternate route to this spectacular area via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.
We took the drive to show you what it’s like on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road:
Beloved by motorcyclists, adventure enthusiasts and wildflower aficionados, Nacimiento-Fergusson is known as one of the most gorgeous drives in Central California. It’s a windy rollercoaster of a scenic drive that gives way to beautiful views of the Pacific Coast and mountain range. The road is paved and maintained but RVs and heavy vehicles are not recommended.
To get your trip started on this road less traveled, you’ll need to pass through Fort Hunter Liggett. Fort Hunter Liggett is an Army Reserve training base. Heads up! When entering the base on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road from the west (Highway 101) you will need to have your identification, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Also, this road is occasionally closed for brief periods during tank, artillery, and other firing exercises.
While driving on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, make sure you stop at the Mano Seco Group bench for breathtaking views of the Pacific Coast. Just look for the large turnout on the side of the road for easy parking; an opening in the fence provides gives way to a path that leads to the bench. Enjoy your drive to Big Sur!