Año Nuevo SP
The Año Nuevo Natural Preserve will be closed to visitors December 1st through December 14th.
There will be no access for viewing the elephant seals during this time.
The preserve will open again on December 15th with docent guided walks.
Año Nuevo State Park is located in San Mateo County, approximately 25 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 25 miles north of Santa Cruz on HWY 1. It rests on the coastal edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains and is a easy day trip from the cities of San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco.
The park preserves and protects the scenic, biological, ecological, and cultural values of the central California coastline, including Año Nuevo Island and properties on the western slope of the coast range inland from Año Nuevo Point. The Natural Preserve within the park protects and interprets the pinniped rookeries and significant wildlife habitats on Año Nuevo Island. The park also contains sensitive native dunes and coastal terrace prairie habitats, and a diversity of inland plant communities, including old growth forest, freshwater marsh, red alder riparian forest and knobcone pine forest. Its four perennial streams support steelhead trout and coho salmon, and its wetlands are habitat to the rare San Francisco garter snake and red-legged frog. Cultural resources include the remnants of Native California Indian Ohlone occupation of the area and a number of restored historical buildings from the nineteenth century Dickerman/Steele dairy ranch.
Experience the Elephant Seals
Año Nuevo State Park is one of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seal. A Natural Preserve has been established to protect the elephant seals along with many other animals such as otters, California sea lions, coyotes, cormorants, turns and more. Native plants and an untouched intertidal ecosystem also find shelter inside the Natural Preserve. Elephant seals can be observed here year round either on a docent lead tour or through a self guided permit system.
Elephant Seat Guided Walks - December 15 to March 31
During the breeding season daily access to the Natural Preserve is available only via guided walks. Visitors who hope to see the elephant seals during this season are urged to get their reservations early through Reserve America. This is the time when male elephant seals battle on the beaches for the right to mate and the females give birth to their pups on the dunes. Most of the adult seals are gone by early March, leaving behind the weaned pups who remain through April.
For more information on Guided Walks or to make a reservation CLICK HERE
Special Event - Seal Adventure
On Saturday and Sunday, January 25 & 26 2014, the Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks will host Seal Adventures, a special fundraising event that supports educational andinterpretive programs at Año Nuevo State Park and other state parks and beaches along the San Mateo coast.
With a ticket, visitors will have extraordinary access to linger for an entire morning or afternoon to view the elephant sealsat the peak of the breeding season. This is a rare opportunity, one that can be enjoyed by everyone from first-time visitors, to marine mammal enthusiasts to avid wildlife photographers.
Tickets for the Seal Adventure may be purchased online for $60/person at coastsidestateparks.org You may select tickets for either the morning (8:30-12:00) or afternoon (1:30-5:00).
The cost of the tickets is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, as Coastside State Parks Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Start thinking about friends, family and co-workers on your holiday gift list. But be aware - This opportunity is expected to sell out.
Important Park Reminders
The following rules and regulations are for your own safety and to protect the plants and animals that live in this park.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM SEALS
Elephant seals are dangerous wild animals and are protected by the park. Harassment and disturbance of elephant seals is prohibited by state and federal laws. Seals can sometimes appear dead due to their quiet nature of sleeping on beaches. However, the majority of the time they are very much alive. Never get within 25 feet of an elephant seal.
Due to the nearby Natural Preserve, pets are not allowed in the park and cannot be left inside parked vehicles in the parking lot. Where Can I Take My Dog.pdf
No Bikes on Trails
Bikes are prohibited on all trails in the park.
Shells, rocks, wood, plants or animals. All features of this park are preserved and protected by law.
No smoking or fires.
Smoking is not permitted in buildings or on guided walks. Fires of all types are prohibited.
- Hours of Operation:
- Park Office Telephone:
San Francisco Bay AreaCounty
Año Nuevo State Park
1 New Years Creek Rd
Pescadero, CA 94060
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM PST
Not for Reservations!
Recorded Park Information
Entrance fees to the park
Regular Size Auto $10.00 Senior (age 62+) $9.00
Bus (10-24 passengers) $50.00
Bus (25+ passengers) $100.00
Año Nuevo SP is a Day Use Park Only. There is no camping inside the park. For nearby campgrounds click here