Difference between revisions of "Big Sur Region"

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*[[Big Sur Land Trust]]
*[[Big Sur Land Trust]]
*[[Ventana Wildlife Society]]
*[[Ventana Wildlife Society]]
*[[The Conservancy for the Range of the Condor]]

Revision as of 16:18, 23 February 2021

A geographic summary created by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.


Big Sur is a rugged, mountainous region without official borders, but is identified to being along the Central Coast of California bounded to the north by Carmel and to the south by Ragged Point, just past the southern, coastal border of San Simeon. Big Sur is a region known for its scenic views, campgrounds, hiking trails, and beaches. Highway 1 runs along the entirety of Big Sur, beginning roughly at Carmel down to San Luis Obispo.



The Big Sur region experiences a Mediterranean climate characterized by dry summers and mild wet winters. From 1915 - 2016 the average annual temperature was 68.6 F and the average rainfall was 40.79 inches[1] . Big Sur receives significantly more rain than other parts of Monterey County due to the influence of the coastally positioned Santa Lucia Mountains. This geographic feature forces cool ocean air to rise quickly and subsequently fall as precipitation.


Big Sur is part of the historical range of the The Californian Condor, a critically endangered species.


Big Sur is a region known for its scenic views, campgrounds, hiking trails, and beaches. Big Sur's coastline is largely undisturbed and protected from development (source).



Historic Wildfires





State Parks and Reserves



  1. Big Sur Station - Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institue https://wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?ca0790


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