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Rocky Creek Bridge, Big Sur

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Rocky Creek Bridge is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge on the Big Sur coast of California, built in 1932. It is located in Monterey County, on the State Route 1 (Cabrillo Highway) about 12 miles (19 km) south of the city of Carmel, and about a mile north of the more famous Bixby Creek Bridge. As its name implies, it spans Rocky Creek. A turnout with limited parking space exists to the northwest of the bridge, for tourist use.

The vicinity ecology is noteworthy in that the marine waters at the mouth of Rocky Creek are a habitat for the endangered southern sea otter, E. l. nereis. Additionally, on a ridge above Rocky Creek is one of the few known habitats of Yadon's piperia, a North American rare and endangered species of orchid.

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  • Rocky Creek Bridge is an arch bridge on the Big Sur coast of California, built in 1932. It is located in Monterey County, on the State Route 1, about 12 miles south of the city of Carmel, and about a....  more
    Rocky Creek Bridge is an arch bridge on the Big Sur coast of California, built in 1932. It is located in Monterey County, on the State Route 1, about 12 miles south of the city of Carmel, and about a....  more »
  • The turnouts for Bixby Bridge were blocked due to construction vehicles so we checked out this bridge instead not too far away. We stopped just north of the bridge and got some great photos. You can.....  more
    The turnouts for Bixby Bridge were blocked due to construction vehicles so we checked out this bridge instead not too far away. We stopped just north of the bridge and got some great photos. You can.....  more »
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  • Beautiful views. 180’ view. Less crowded. Limited parking spots. No pathways so careful with your footwear. Spend 10-15mins here on you way and you won’t regret.
  • This is one of the best spot to take pictures around Pacific Ocean. The main highlight is bridge and best time to take picture is evening than morning

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