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Ano Nuevo State Reserve

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New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
+1 650-879-2025
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beautiful and haunting

Went there during labor day and was initially put off by my memory of a long long trek I took to... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2015
babysmomma
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san francisco
Smelly Views

I'll never forget my first trip to Ano Nuevo State Reserve. The short walk to the ocean uncovered... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2015
iatorf
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San Mateo, California
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Home to the largest mainland seal colony in the world.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“sand dunes” (27 reviews)
“ano nuevo” (24 reviews)
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New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
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"sand dunes"
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"guided tour"
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"long walk"
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"their natural habitat"
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"mile walk"
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"education center"
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"mating season"
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"end of march"
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"young males"
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"nice walk"
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"amazing animals"
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Reviewed 8 September 2015

Went there during labor day and was initially put off by my memory of a long long trek I took to this place once in high school at night. Anyway, fast forward to modern times, the signs are clear on the highway, and the parking...More

Thank babysmomma
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Reviewed 7 September 2015

I'll never forget my first trip to Ano Nuevo State Reserve. The short walk to the ocean uncovered hundreds of elephant seals bumping chests. The entire area smelled of rotten eggs from their digestive eruptions. It was quite the sight!

Thank iatorf
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Reviewed 22 August 2015

an incredible staff of rangers and people dedicating their life to working in this park. their training program for docents is extensive and results in over 220 docents ready to give you the best tour on the natural history of elephant seals, geology, birds, geology...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2015

Although this is quite a hike - almost 4 miles round trip - it was worth it. Seeing the elephant seals in their natural habitat is wonderful. There wasn't much activity with the seals when we were there but there were lots of them to...More

Thank Cheryl D
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

Had an amazing experience here watching the elephant seals (July 27). There were more than 20 of them, with the older males mainly lying still on the beach (molting and conserving energy, we were told), while the younger males wrestled with each other in pairs...More

Thank Joanne0810
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Reviewed 28 July 2015

Great stop on the way down the coast. The walk to the secluded beach was scenic - around 3-4 miles round trip. The male elephant seals return to this beach to shed their fur and practice sparring with others in anticipation of the winter mating...More

Thank Mckits
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Reviewed 8 July 2015

Nearly a four mile round trip hike. I am not a very active person and I was able to do this hike fairly easily. The docents here offer great information. We've made the hike twice and highly recommend it to all visitors.

1  Thank baronimom
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

From the South Point Viewing Area, we had a great view of the elephant seals on the beach and on Ano Nuevo Island. It was a good hike of 2 miles from the parking area. There isn't a lot of shade, so I would recommend...More

1  Thank kmtcupertino
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

This is great, undiscoved place close to San Francisco. The big attraction is Elephant Seals. While we were there the young males were sparing....rising up and then bashing each other with their heads. Very cool! I was there about 25 years ago and you can't...More

Thank gregs6464
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

If you have never seen an elephant seal up close & personal here is your chance! You should book a nature walk well in advance during 'pupping season' (Nov-Feb) when the seals are littering the beachside and displays of male dominance among alpha males make...More

2  Thank Oreogingy
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TravelManiac214
25 April 2017|
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Response from AmySue1981 | Reviewed this property |
I think you can always see seals here, but the number varies by season. We were there in March and the weaning seals were just getting ready to head out to sea for the first time. There were very few adults, and everything... More
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Yemotoc
16 December 2014|
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Response from OldeBear | Reviewed this property |
Hi Folks, Ano Nuevo is not in a populated area. As one result of this, the wildlife is quite abundant. This means lots of bird species as well as the Elephant Seals, Steller's and California Sea Lions etc. Food will take... More
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