After a closure of nearly 1.5 years, Highway 1 is now fully re-opened! We're expecting a busy summer season, and we know it will be even busier once the higher opens, so your stay at the Cavalier Oceanfront Resort now.
New Estimated Opening Slated for End of July
BIG SUR, MONTEREY COUNTY – As Caltrans continues efforts to rebuild and re-open Highway 1 at Mud Creek, the department has announced a new target date of the end of July for opening the route to all travelers.
Department officials announced last August that a new ¼-mile roadway will traverse the site of the massive Mud Creek landslide.
The new roadway will be realigned across the landslide and will be buttressed with a series of embankments, berms, rocks, netting, culverts and other stabilizing material according to department engineers and geologists. This strategy is allowing Caltrans to rebuild the roadway more quickly and at a lower cost than other alternatives such as structures, a tunnel or major earthwork that puts additional fill into the ocean.
“Rebuilding Highway 1 and restoring traffic along the Big Sur coast has been our priority and by opening the highway sooner than expected, it will boost the many central coast communities affected by this major landslide,” said Caltrans Acting District 5 Director Richard Rosales.
The massive slide occurred on May 20, 2017, dumping more than 6 million cubic yards of material onto the roadway and into the ocean, creating 15 additional acres of coastline, making it the largest one ever along the Big Sur coast.
Caltrans engineers have been working closely with contractor John Madonna to increase rebuild productivity, so this combined with favorable weather and longer days will allow us to open the road sooner than our previous mid-September estimate.
Caltrans is continuously evaluating the opening date as roadwork progresses so we anticipate providing a final update by early July. It’s expected that after thehighway opens, intermittent weekday lane closures and roadwork will continue for several months to finalize repairs.
Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, approximately a 3-4 hour drive from each, in beautiful coastal San Luis Obispo County, an amazing number of ‘must-see’ and ‘must-do’ destinations can be found along the California Highway 1 Discovery Route. With 10 uncrowded beaches, 12 state parks, the Hearst Castle, three bountiful wine regions, restaurants featuring farm-to-table cuisine, unique wildlife habitats and more, the 101-mile stretch offers the best of Highway 1. Everything you could want for a relaxed and inspiring vacation can be found here. Take an iconic road trip and enjoy breathtaking views through 10 diverse artisan towns and charismatic seaside villages along prime Pacific coastline. These scenic rural road trips are rich in character and history.
The Highway 1 Discovery Route packages 10 destinations in the Central Coast, offering 25 to 30 things to do within each community. From Ragged Point and San Simeon on the north, to Oceano and Nipomo to the south, this rural road trip connects more than 30 nonprofits and conservations, offering 70 ecotourism experiences in San Luis Obispo County.
Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is a perfect spot to stay while enjoying the hundreds of activities offered along this iconic route. Besides being the closest hotel to Hearst Castle, one of the most legendary buildings in the world, Cavalier Oceanfront Resort also provides easy access to the attractions in Cambria and Avila Beach. The bucolic scenery along Highway 1, Highway 101 and along Highway 41 and 46 ensures every mile of this journey will provide awe-inspiring moments of true relaxation and enjoyment.View our Suites
The following links provide a glimpse into the many things to see and do along Highway 1 Discovery Route:
Cavalier is also proud to have been selected an official viewing site of The Whale Trail. To understand why this is such an honor, please enjoy the following video that features these majestic creatures and other amazing animals that inhabit the Central Coast.Learn More