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Ano Nuevo State Reserve

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Address: New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
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+1 650-879-2025
08:00 - 18:00
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Home to the largest mainland seal colony in the world.

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It's always fun to have a visit with the elephant seals. There is a tour at the state reserve which is interesting. Often you are able to see some elephant seal 'outcasts' on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 February 2015
Benicia, California
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Benicia, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

It's always fun to have a visit with the elephant seals. There is a tour at the state reserve which is interesting. Often you are able to see some elephant seal 'outcasts' on the other surrounding beaches.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2015

Elephant seals invade this beach yearly from mid-December to end of March. They are huge and amazing. You must go on a guided tour. It's not expensive and really really cool. Go to the CA state parks page about this park to reserve your tour slot. If you can't get a reservation--just show up 10-11 a.m. and they may be... More 

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Lake Tahoe (California), California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

If you're travelling through hi-way 1, you have to stop here ! It's a gem of a trail to walk through the pathway to the reserve. Dec to march - you can view the elephant seals with docent led tours but make sure to buy the tickets in advance. No tickets no entry ! Parking is also $10. The whole... More 

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Capitola, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015

Took the 3 hour guided walk today for the first time and I wish I had known a few things ahead of time. Guided tours are mandatory from December to the end of March, but there is a lot of animal activity in early April and a lot less crowded. Also, July/August is when the bulls go through molting which... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015

We took the tour of the elephant seals. Our docent was fantastic and the rangers we met were helpful and friendly. It's a fascinating place. We were there on a beautiful, blue-sky day, but be prepared for wind, cold, fog and possibly rain, no matter what the weather is like in SF or San Jose.

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Missouri City, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2014 via mobile

Visit the breeding ground near the Hurst castle instead. You can avoid the manditory 3 hour hike. Elephant seals are great but the hike through standing water, mud, marshes, and deep sand dunes can be avoided.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2014

Oh my goodness. Support this state park. I was hoping to see some marine life and take a walk. There is something to see near and far. The best stuff is far, you have to walk in sand, but the payoff can be huge. The views are scrubby coastal beautiful. And I got to see A LOT of elephant seals... More 

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San Carlos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

Loved that this exists and is safe for all ages. Relatively easy walk, for kiddos and elderly folks as well. Be prepared for the elements are you are out and about for a while and in an unsheltered area so take/wear a jacket/coat and hat if necessary...perhaps even make a pit stop in advance. Great discovery walk for my youngest... More 

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2014

We stopped in at the park last week Wednesday afternoon, wondering if there would be any elephant seals here. We were pleasantly surprised to hear from the ranger at the gate that there were a few hundred of the juveniles here for "Haul Out." This is a very necessary part of the life cycle of the younger juvenile elephant seals,... More 

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Northfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2014

This was one of our most fun, interesting, stops of our California trip. The park ranger at Redwoods recommended it as a more interesting site than any of the California zoos. She was right. The walk was great and the elephant seals were incredible. The docents were knowledgable and friendly. We spent about 3/4 of a day here and didn't... More 

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