Año Nuevo State Park Elephant Seals

Año Nuevo State Park Elephant Seals

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to observe the incredible world of elephant seals up close at Año Nuevo State Park. Photo: © kcapaldo – stock.adobe.com

PERCADERO – Embark on a breathtaking journey through the wonders of nature and history at Año Nuevo State Park. Within this Natural Preserve, a majestic spectacle awaits – the annual homecoming of up to 10,000 elephant seals. Witness firsthand as they breed, give birth, and molt their skin against scenic dunes and pristine beaches.

Año Nuevo State Park Elephant Seals

Observe the incredible world of elephant seals up close at Año Nuevo State Park. Photo: © kcapaldo – stock.adobe.com

Additionally, you can immerse yourself in the Marine Education Center, housed within the historic dairy ranch of the Dickerman/Steele family. Delve into a fascinating natural history exhibit, browse the well-stocked bookstore, and be captivated by educational films in the state-of-the-art theater.

For beach enthusiasts and surfers, Cove Beach is just a short stroll away from this historical site. Soak up the sun, feel the sand between your toes, and let the rhythmic waves serenade you.

To See the Elephant Seals: Through March 31st, you must be on a Guided Walk. Reservations can be made through ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 800-444- 4445. To be sure to get in during this time, make your reservations now. (Between April and November, no tours or reservations are needed.) Lace up your sturdy shoes and prepare for a 2.5-hour moderate 3- to 4-mile hike over varied terrain, including mesmerizing dunes. As you make your way to the viewing areas on the Año Point Trail, you’ll be surrounded by the park’s natural beauty.

Año Nuevo State Park Elephant Seals

Observe the incredible world of elephant seals up close at Año Nuevo State Park. Photo: © Yuval Helfman – stock.adobe.com

During the breeding season, you’ll witness the epic battle for love and life on the stunning shores of the Preserve! Marvel at the fierce male elephant seals as they compete for dominance while the females gracefully give birth to their adorable pups on the picturesque dunes.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to observe the incredible world of elephant seals up close. Año Nuevo State Park awaits you with open arms and promises an adventure like no other.

Año Nuevo State Park Elephant Seals
Adults & Children (5-18): $7 (+ $3.99 reservation fee)
Año Nuevo State Park
1 New Years Creek Rd, Pescadero

For more information, visit Parks.CA.gov/anonuevo.