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The Conservation of Big Sur


The Preservation
of Big Sur

Situated between Los Angeles and San Francisco lies Big Sur, a stunning seventy-mile stretch of coastline renowned for its awe-inspiring vistas and untouched natural beauty, attracting over six million domestic and international tourists annually. Despite its popularity, inadequate infrastructure poses significant challenges, leading to congestion, waste management issues, and public safety concerns. This educational short film sheds light on these pressing issues, featuring insights from influential residents and highlighting the urgent need for collective action towards responsible travel practices.

Land of Many Uses

“Land of Many Uses” depicts the stress that unmanaged visitation is having on the fragile environment & eco systems in Big Sur and what we all can do to be mindful stewards.

Film produced by CABS (Community Association of Big Sur)


To learn more about how to be a healthy steward of Big Sur please visit

“The idea isn’t how do we stop tourism, the challenge is how do we get it right.”


How to be a more responsible traveler in Big Sur and beyond:

  • Research before your trip

  • Minimize waste and plan accordingly. Re-use and avoid single-use items. Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out

  • Respect the privacy of residents. Respect the experiences of other people.

  • Be aware and courteous of others, keep your eyes on the road at all times, use turnouts and enjoy the view safely  

  • Walk and hike only in designated areas, be careful not to disturb or destroy the environment

  • Use the restroom in designated facilities, currently there are few stops please plan accordingly to preserve the beauty of the environment

  • Be smart and consider safety as a top priority

  • Don't take foliage only take photos, Big Sur is beautiful and you should definitely capture it, but be safe and courteous, please don’t ‘risk it for the insta-biscuit.’ 

  • Take responsibility for your actions, and hold others around you accountable, Educate others on how to travel responsibly


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