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Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
- Advance reservations required for elephant-seal mating season
- Keep your distance from the massive elephant seals!
- Be sure to bring a windbreaker year round
Parks and Outdoors Review of Ano Nuevo State Reserve
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- For a wildlife show you'll never forget, take a trip to Ano Nuevo State Reserve from late December to early April and an easy walk on the Ano Nuevo Point Trail. In the winter months there are more than 3,000 elephant sealssome as much as 18 feet long and weighing more than two tonsshow up on the beaches to give birth and breed.
- During the peak elephant seal period (December 15 to March 31), entry to the beaches is by guide only. Although walks are held several times daily, advance reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends. There is a small fee for guided walks.
- You may visit the preserve and hike on your own from April to November. Although the elephant seals are usually not present during these months, California sea lions and harbor seals can be viewed year-round.
Beach Review of Ano Nuevo State Reserve
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
- The Ano Nuevo State Reserve has the largest mainland breeding colony of northern elephant seals. From December to March visitors can view the seals only on ranger-led walks.
- Walks cover approximately three miles and last two and a half hours. Participants must be able to cross rocky ground that is sometimes muddy. Come prepared for rain and cold with hooded gear and warm layers.
- Eating, smoking, or chewing gum on the walk is not allowed.
San Mateo County
San Mateo County
Parking: 8am to Sunset
Telephone Number: 650-879-2025
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.
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