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March San Mateo Coast Events

Pescadero Marsh Hike
Sunday, June 5th & 19th at 1pm
Sunday, July 3rd & 17th at 1pm 

Sunday, August 7th & 21st at 1pm
Sunday, September 4th & 18th at 1pm 

Take an easy stroll through the Pescadero Marsh on the one mile Sequoia Audubon Trail, an important stop along the Pacific Flyway. Explore the remnant levees from past farming and discover the byways of the Pescadero and Butano creeks as they gently flow to the edge of the rugged California Coast in this restored marsh. Please dress in layers, wear walking shoes, water, and recommended binoculars. Rain or shine. Meet at the Central Pescadero State Beach parking lot, south of the Highway 1 Bridge over Pescadero Creek, approximately 0.25 mile north of the junction with Pescadero Road. For more information please call Angie at (650) 726-8819 or email:

Gray Whale Cove Trail Guided Hike
Saturday, June 11th at 10am
Saturday, July 9th at 10am
Saturday, August 13th at 10am
Saturday, September 10th at 10am
Join us for a two mile, 1.5 hour stroll along the edge of the California coast line, and enjoy ocean views, coastal plants, and wildlife. From the trail you will be able to view how the Ocean Shore Railroad has etched into the landscape and discover the remnant bunkers left over from the World War II era. Meet in the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot located on Highway 1 just south of Devil’s Slide. For more information, please call (650) 726-8819 or email

Burleigh Murray State Park Guided Hike
Sunday, June 12th at 10am & June 26th at 1 pm
Sunday, July 10th at 10am
Sunday, August 14th at 10am
Sunday, September 11th at 10am 

Take a journey back in time along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. On this 2.5 mile loop, learn about the lives of early pioneers and farming families who first settled here in the 19th century. Meet at the Burleigh H. Murray Ranch parking lot, located on Higgins Purrissima Road off of Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay. For more information, please call (650) 726-8819 or email

Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California State Parks Docents, and California State Parks.

New Programs!

Our interpretive team is introducing new summer programs at Francis Beach!

Little Ocean Explorers!

Half Moon Bay State Beach will be offering a weekly Little Ocean Explorers program! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the beach and all there is to discover about our coastline. The program is for children 3-6 years old and their families. This exciting new program will allow younger children to experience our parks with a staff naturalist. We invite all our future Junior Rangers to join us and become a Little Ocean Explorer first. Imagine, play, learn and explore! Offered every Saturday this summer June 3rd through September 3rd at 2:30 p.m. Meet at the Francis Beach Visitor Center at 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay. The program is free of charge, parking fee of $10 will apply; biking and walking are encouraged.  

Music in the Park!

Come join your neighbors and friends for a family friendly celebration of local music in our State Park! Every second Thursday of the month Half Moon Bay State Beach will be featuring Half Moon Music in the Park. Bring a picnic blanket, beach chairs, snacks and your dancing shoes and join California State Parks in welcoming Francis Beach’s monthly outdoor concert series. Once a month this summer we will be highlighting local coastal musicians on the deck of our Visitor Center. This free concert will run July through October on the second Thursday of the month beginning at 6 p.m. Come help to strengthen the sense of community within our city and State Parks. The program is free of charge, parking fee of $10 will apply; biking and walking are encouraged.

  • >> Jr rangers every Friday & Sat @ 2:30 meeting at the HMB visitor center ( May 27th through September 3rd)
  • >> Little Ocean Explores (age 3-6) every Saturday at 2:30 meeting at the HMB visitor center (May 28th through September 3rd)
  • >> July through October on the second Thursday of the month we will be offering a free music in the park located at the HMB Visitor Center at 6:00pm (weather permitting)
    • July 14th
    • August 11th
    • September 8th
    • October 13th
  • >> The visitor center will be open Friday -Monday (May 6th through September 5th )
  • >> Beginning May 27th through September 4th Campfire programs every Friday and Saturday with times ranging between 7:30 and 8:30 P.M. contingent on sunset time.