To the south, the 8,814-acre Rancho El Sur grant passed through several owners, including Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado, finally coming into the hands of Captain John Rogers Cooper, whose family legacy is preserved today through the Andrew Molera
State Park (named for Cooper's grandson).
We ate lunch at a superb overlook of the coastline at Andrew Molera
State Park, where far below we could see an otter swimming on its back while wrestling with a morsel of some kind as sea gulls massed above, bent on thievery.
While heading down the central California coast, my three companions and I had stopped off at Andrew Molera
State Park to meet with Judith Goodman, a local conservation activist.
Molera Horseback Tours, based in Andrew Molera
State Park, will resume business when the park opens.
At check-in, you're given a little window sticker that gets you into the state park on which it sits, plus the other regional state parks and reserves that charge admission: Andrew Molera
, Limekiln Creek, Point Lobos.
The heart of the region is about 3 1/2 hours south of San Francisco and 6 hours north of Los Angeles, with: the greatest concentration of lodging and services between Andrew Molera
State Park and Julia Pfeifter Burns State Park.
Garrapata State Park and Soberanes State Park remain open; Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Andrew Molera
State Park and Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park are closed.
A pleasant beach option, Andrew Molera
State Park, lies at the north end of Big Sur.
That makes broad beaches rare here, but there are exceptions, and the largest can be found in Andrew Molera
Best on the coast Andrew Molera
State Park Walk-In, Big Sur.
Monterey County, July 9 through 12; Monterey and Andrew Molera
There's guided horseback riding through Andrew Molera
State Park; a 2-hour ride costs $25.