Using The Reserve

Big Creek Reserve burned in the Dolan Fire December 2020 and experienced debris flows in January 2021 which destroyed campgrounds, roads, and trails. Through 2021-22 some repairs were made so that research and coursework had resumed. Severe rain in January 2023 reversed much of those repairs. Please inquire for a status update on access and facilities availability.

Caltrans has announced a "long term closure" of Highway 1 at a slide known as "Paul's Slide". Paul's Slide is located six miles south of Big Creek Reserve and 3 miles north of Nacamiento Ferguson Road. Therefore, NF Road does not serve as an alternate route to Big Creek. Big Creek is only accessible from the north through Monterey/Carmel. Although Caltrans has not estimated how long the closure will last, they have indicated the repair could take months. 

Visiting Big Creek Reserve requires an approved application for research or educational purposes. Applications are submitted through the UC Natural Reserve System Reservations System (RAMS).

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If you would like to give to help with the important recovery process at Big Creek Reserve, please visit our Giving Page for instructions on how to make a donation. 





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