A host of self-guided learning opportunities are available at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds. All of these opportunities are available when you want to enjoy them - and at your own pace.
NEW! Cell Phone Tour - These Signs Point the Way to Discovery!
Learn the story of Asilomar's cultural and natural history on this self-guided cell phone tour which covers a wide range of 61 topics. Your cell phone tour is as long or as short as you need it to be - why not catch a little Julia Morgan history (stop 881) or learn how Asilomar got its name (stop 885) in between conference sessions? Cell phone tour brochures with instructions, access phone number, stop numbers and QR codes, and a map locating cell phone tour stops are located at the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall (Registration Building). The tour is free, but does use cell phone minutes; each cell phone stop narrative is about 2-3 minutes in length.
Available to Download: Self-Guided Walk Brochures
Julia Morgan Architecture - allow about 45 minutes and plan to walk 1/4 mile for this self-guided tour that highlights the historic buildings by famed architect Julia Morgan.
Coast Trail - Allow about 1 hour for the Asilomar Coast tour that meanders along the rocky shore. You can enter the trail at several points along Sunset Drive. The trail is about one-mile, one way, so plan on walking 2 miles beginning to end.
Forest Walk - Allow about 45 minutes for a leisurely walk along roadways and pathways that takes you into Asilomar's pine and oak forest. Self-guided stops will highlight the plants and wildlife that live in the forest.
Click the highligted links above to view brochures.
Audio Tour/Cell Phone Tour:
A narrated audio tour "Discover Asilomar!" provides a wide range of information on Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds state park. Available to park visitors free of charge, the tour taker can start and stop hand-held audio players at any time, which allows for walking at your own pace, and selecting from a menu of 70 informative topics including architecture, forest and ocean ecology, wildlife, nature, and regional history. The tour length is determined by the number of stops chosen; each stop narrative lasts approximately 2-3 minutes. The audio tour is free and audio tour brochures with a map and informational stops, along with hand-held audio players can be checked from the front desk at the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall (Registration Building).
Cell Phone tours include the same information - see Cell Phone Tour description above.
Find informational displays in these buildings: Crocker Dining Hall (in hallway left of food service area), Grace Dodge Chapel Auditorium, Visitor's Lodge, Scripps Lodge, Stuck-up Inn, and Pirates' Den. The information displays tell the history of these Julian Morgan-designed buildings.
Click on the highlighted link for Information about State Park Tours