More than 340 bird species nest at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve. The reserve is well known for its rich plant and animal life, as well as five miles of trails that wander through woods, tidal creeks, and marshes.

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Expert Review of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve

Parks and Outdoors Review of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Elkhorn Slough is one of the top 100 birding sites in the western United States. More than 340 species reside or migrate through the reserve, including such endangered species as the snowy plover and peregrine falcon. Many visitors come here each spring to see the great egret and great blue heron rookery in the north marsh. Five miles of hiking trails lace the preserve.
  • The Elkhorn Slough Foundation offers guided kayak tours of the slough each autumn. Several commercial outfitters in Moss Landing also offer naturalist-guided kayak tours year-round. This is a great way to observe sea otters, harbor seals, and water birds at eye level.
  • The preserve is open Wednesdays through Sundays only. Free guided tours are available twice a day every Saturday and Sunday. The visitor center loans out binoculars and bird identification books.

East of Moss Landing
1700 Elkhorn Rd.
Moss Landing, California 95039
Parking: Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $2.50 day-use fee

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 831-728-5939
Price Information: $2.50 day-use fee
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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