VIDEO: Massive landslide takes out California’s famous Highway 1

A landslide on Highway 1 in Big Sur at Mud Creek (Photo via NBC News)
A landslide on Highway 1 in Big Sur at Mud Creek (Photo via NBC News)

BIG SUR, Calif. (NBC News) — Crews are getting their first look at a massive landslide that buried part of a northern California highway under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt.

A swath of the hillside at Big Sur gave way over the weekend.

The slide is covering up approximately one-quarter of a mile stretch of Highway 1 in an area called Mud Creek.

Officials say they have not yet been able to assess the damage because the area remains unstable, and they do not know when it might re-open.

Highway 1 at Mud Creek had already been closed to repair buckled pavement and remove debris from an earlier landslide triggered by powerful winter storms.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Highway 1 is a major tourist draw, attracting visitors to serene groves of redwoods, beaches and the highway’s dramatic oceanside scenery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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