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Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds Tours

Every Day is a Walk in the Park at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds!!

While you are vacationing on the Monterey Peninsula, make it a point
to take a free tour at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds with California State Parks!
Park staff and docent-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.


Current Month Tour Schedule listed below.
For additional information: Phone: (831) 646-6443;
email:
Asilomar.Interp@parks.ca.gov.
PLEASE NOTE: Tours are subject to staff availability. 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. 

Asilomar Tour

ASILOMAR RAMBLE
Our most popular tour, the Asilomar Ramble is an overview of the early days of Asilomar, Julia Morgan Architecture, and the YWCA legacy at Asilomar.  The Ramble is an easy walk over paved paths and roadways covering the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds. Tour content is appropriate for children 8 and older.

WHERE: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes and layers.
Meet at the CA State Parks desk inside the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall. 

NOTE: Groups of 15 or more will require a separate tour time - contact the State Park Office: 831-646-6443.

JANUARY 2019 Ramble Tours @ 10:00 AM - No RSVP needed but 15 person maximum. Sign Up at the CA State Parks Desk, Hearst Social Hall.

Content appropriate for children 8 and older.

Fridays: JANUARY 4, 11, 18, 25
Saturdays: JANUARY 5, 12, 19, 26
Monday, January 21
Rain cancels.

ASILOMAR BIRDS AND THEIR HABITAT HOMES

Asilomar Bird TourBirdy Feetbird prints
Join Asilomar Environmental Resources staff/docents to discover how the approximately 60 different bird species at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds utilize their respective habitats - from Piney Woods to Surf and Shore!
Topics include: Which are the most commonly seen birds and how do I identify them? What are the birds' natural history? Where are the Asilomar birding spots to check out?

WHERE: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove.
Wear comfortable shoes and layers. Bring binoculars if available. FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour. 
Meet at the California State Parks desk inside the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall.  

NOTE: Groups of 15 or more will require a separate tour time - contact the State Park Office: 831-646-6443.

JANUARY 2019 BIRD TOURS: JANUARY 9, 23, AND 30
Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. - No RSVP needed but 15 person maximum. Sign Up at CA State Parks desk in Hearst Social Hall.

Family Friendly Tour.
Rain cancels.

 Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve Walk 

Asilomar State Beach Coast Trail

Get out and about for an invigorating walk through Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve.


Preservation, conservation and management of the 25 acres of remaining dune habitat of what was once 480 acres. State Parks staff will share natural and cultural stoies of the dune ecosystem. The Dunes Boardwalk trail is approximately 1/2 mile long, and is accessbile by both wheelchairs and walkers.

January, 2019
Saturday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. January 5, 12, 19, 26
FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. No RSVP needed, but maximum of 15 people. Sign Up at the CA State Parks desk in Hearst Social Hall.

Meet at Flagpole north of Hearst Social HallRain Cancels.  

NOTE: Our Dunes walks are on hiatus during the holidays. Please avail yourself of the self-guided Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve brochures available at the CA State Parks desk inside the Phoebe Hearst Social Hall.


 *** FREE GROUP TOURS FOR GROUPS STAYING AT ASILOMAR STATE BEACH and CONFERENCE GROUNDS *** 

Group tours are a great option for Conference Groups, Family Reunion Groups, or Wedding Parties 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.
NOTE: Groups large than 8-10 members not staying at Asilomar are asked to schedule a separate tour through the State Park Office: 831-646-6443.

Conference Group Tours Available for Reservation:

1. The Asilomar Ramble
2. Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve Walk 
3. Asilomar Birds and their Habitat Homes
Please see descriptions of tours above.


FREE GROUP TOURS FOR SCHOOLS
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