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Elephant Seal Rookery

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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA
+1 805-924-1628
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So cool!!!!!

A great experience observing the elephant seals!!!! They are so funny to watch! A must see!! It's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lisa H
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It is amazing to watch these magnificent animals in their natural wild habitat... So much better... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA
+1 805-924-1628
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great experience observing the elephant seals!!!! They are so funny to watch! A must see!! It's about 3 miles north of Hearst Castle....

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is amazing to watch these magnificent animals in their natural wild habitat... So much better than at a zoo or animal park

Thank Auntie-Nanuuq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time visited back in 2013, followed in 2014, 2015,2016. I cannot get enough of the place. one of the best place to enjoy the wild life without disturbing the wildlife at such a close call. Definitly recomend if traveling on Highway 1 traveling south...More

1  Thank Paresh V P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We swung by the Rookery in the morning before our scheduled tour at Hearst Castle, and I was like, "Jackpot! This is my ticket to National Geographic." The problem is that elephant seals are large, sand colored blobs with no interest in being photographed whatsoever....More

1  Thank Renee S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You cannot miss this place, its a must if travelling the PCH. But don't stop at the big, crowded car park. Go a few hundred yards further (northbound) to a smaller, usually empty car park, and walk around the headland. You will see just as...More

3  Thank Joanne W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our 13 year old was very excited at seeing the elephant seals but we never imagined that they would be so close! Tom told us all about them as we watched 2 seals bellowing and squaring up to each other - a fascinating study of...More

1  Thank TheFoulkes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a free way to enjoy nature. The seals sun on the beach each morning. It's a wonderful place to take pictures.

Thank Russel D E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped at the Elephant Seal Rookery on our California Coast Road Trip. There is a wooden walkway with viewing platforms along the beach a few miles north of Hearst Castle. There were close to 100 Elephant Seals at the rookery and also some Harbor...More

Thank Kiamom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just to see these seals is magnificient. There are docents there to answer questions also. I found it so interesting to read the newsletter about the lives of these seals. It is very close to Hearst Castle with plenty of parking so should be included...More

Thank J C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice place to observ the elephant seals in the wildlife. A bit cold and windy but it is worth to be here. Thanks to the volunteers who kindly explain a lot about elephant seals life

Thank Babeth42100
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Beverly A
9 February 2017|
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Response from AlanCAL | Reviewed this property |
Yes ground is flat. The only area that may be of concern is the gravel parking area. There a lot of pot holes but if you park close to water front or entrance you should be ok.
6 September 2016|
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Response from anibananie | Reviewed this property |
According to the docents who volunteer there on the weekends, there are seals there pretty much year round...
Mike B
1 May 2016|
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Response from ljr2612 | Reviewed this property |
We were there at the end of August and there were some. It was great to see them and the kids loved feeding the squirrels. One of the websites has the following: ELEPHANT SEAL ANNUAL SCHEDULE: January Female elephant... More