Pfeiffer Beach is famous for its purple sand and is one of only a few purple sand beaches in the world. The purple color comes from manganese garnet in the hills that is eroding and washing down the creek to the beach. There are areas where purple sand mixes with the other sand to make some wonderful patterns such as you see here. Normally, more purple can be seen in the winter after a storm.
Pfeiffer Beach is part of Los Padres National Forest and is located on the California Pacific Coast in Big Sur.
Copyright 2016 Susan Rissi Tregoning
March 28th, 2016
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