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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.
NOTE: Tours are subject to staff availability. For tour information and current schedule see below.
To confirm availability call or email in advance:
(831) 646-6443; Asilomar.Interp@parks.ca.gov.

NEW for 2015!!
Asilomar Birds and their Habitat Homes
 Join Asilomar Environmental Resources Staff person, Amanda Preece, to discover how the approximately 60 different bird species of 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 Asilomar birds and how do I identify them?
 What are the birds' natural history?
 Where are the Asilomar birding spots to check out?

WHERE
: Meet at the California State Parks desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall. FREE tour lasts one hour; dress in layers and bring binoculars.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in August and September. First come, First served - no need to pre-register unless you are a group.

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. 

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.
WHEN:
 tours offered during the month of AUGUST:
9:30 a.m.: Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
1:30 p.m.: Mondays and Saturdays NO 1:30 p.m. Aug 22
11:00 a.m.: Sundays
Additional dates in August:
Friday, 8/21:  9:30 and 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/22: 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.  NO 1:30 p.m.

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

NEW for 2015!!
Dunes and Coast Trail Hike

Get out and about for an invigorating "hike" starting at Asilomar's  Natural Dunes Preserve and finishing at the Asilomar State Beach Coast Trail. Preservation and management of these natural habitats will be topics discussed along the way. Walking shoes and layers of clothing are recommended. Our brisk pace will ensure that you work up an appetite for dinner! FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour.
WHERE: Meet at the Flag Pole, north of the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall deck.
First come, First served - no need to pre-register unless you are a group.
WHEN: Friday afternoons, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. NO tour 8/21.

FREE GROUP TOURS FOR CONFERENCE GROUPS
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.

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