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Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds Tours

Take a tour with California State Parks! Park staff-led tours provide a wealth of knowledge about this coastal refuge and you will walk away with a new perspective or a renewed appreciation of Asilomar's natural and cultural history.
To confirm availability call or email in advance:
(831) 646-6443;
NOTE: Tours are subject to staff availability. For tour information and current schedule see below.
Rachel Carson - Edge of the SeaRachel Carson/wikipedia
Visit our Asilomar State Beach home page for more information about the collaborative effort Asilomar State Beach and the Pacific Grove Public Library have embarked upon this Fall, focusing on environmental pioneer,
 Rachel Carson.

Asilomar Ramble

Our most popular tour, the Ramble is an overview of the beginnings of Asilomar,Ranger Led Tour Julia Morgan Architecture, and Natural Forest and Dune Preserve information. The Asilomar Ramble is an easy walk over paths and roadways covering the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds and the Dunes Boardwalk.  
FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

WHERE: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Blvd. in Pacific Grove.
Meet at the State Parks desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall (Registration Building).
First come, First served - no need to pre-register unless you are a group.
 tours offered during the month of NOVEMBER:
9:30 a.m.: 11/27 and 11/28
1:30 p.m.: 11/27 and 11/28

Visit the State Park desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall for  posted times of regular public tours offered during your stay at Asilomar.

Group tours are a great option for Conference Groups staying at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. Group tours last approximately 35-60 minutes, and are by request only.  Group Tours are subject to staff availability - please contact the Asilomar State Park Interpreter for details: (831) 646-6443.

Group Tour Topics:
The Architecture of Julia Morgan
- Learn about Julia Morgan and her Arts and Crafts architectural vision for Asilomar. Tour will stop at several Julia Morgan buildings; entry for some buildings is dependent on conference/lodging use. Easy walk over paved paths and roadways in the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds. One hour.
The Natural Dune Preserve of Asilomar State Beach - The plants and wildlife of Asilomar's dunes are flourishing thanks to State Parks' comprehensive Dunes restoration project begun in 1984. Hear how the fragile balance of the dunes ecosystem was restored as you stroll along the boardwalk that was built as part of this successful restoration and protection effort. Easy 1/4 mile walk over maintained boardwalk. 35 minutes.

School Group Programs (K-12 grades)
Educators are encouraged to call in advance (831) 646-6443 to have State Parks staff provide a tour  to match your class' curriculum and study needs. We need to be sure you are not double-booking the tide pool or beach areas with other groups.

Tight Schedule? Self-Guided Tour Opportunities are also available:
Discover our Self-Guided Tours