Virtual Guidebook to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and Central Coast
Nacimiento Road
Los Padres National Forest California


This is the only road to cross the Santa Lucia Range on the entire length of the Bug Sur coast. It climbs steadily along the north wall of Mill Creek Canyon from sea level to the Nacimiento Gap at 2780 feet.

The views along this road are incredible for its entire length. The drop-offs (and lack of guard rails) startling to many. It has been widened and improved over the years, and paved, but many drivers still find it daunting.

The continuation of this road inland to Mission San Antonio is covered in the El Camino Real region of this website.



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