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Parts of California's Highway 1 Remain Closed Following Landslides

Significant portions of California's Highway 1 between Monterey and San Simeon—a stretch that recently made our list of the country's most scenic drives for the way it showcases Big Sur's rugged coastal beauty—remain closed following landslides brought on by late-winter rains. 

State transportation officials don't expect the full route to be reopened for another four to six weeks. 

Closure sites are at Paul's Slide, near the town of Lucia; Mud Creek near Gorda; Ragged Point, north of Cambria; and the spot where Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge stood, before it sustained heavy damage and had to be demolished last month. 


The nearby Post Ranch Inn has had to close temporarily, too, because it has become so difficult to access.

A small section of Highway 1 between Gorda and Limekiln State Park has reopened to travelers, but many other areas are restricted to residents only—no road trippers for the time being.

Keep tabs on California's Department of Transportation website for closure updates if you're planning a visit.