Day-use Area 8:00am to Sunset
Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Driving Directions to Gray Whale Cove SB
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are not available for this park.
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
Visiting Gray Whale Cove
The beach (a.k.a. Devil's Slide) features a sheltered cove surrounded by cliffs that drop abruptly into the Pacific Ocean. A steep trail leads down to the beach. There is a small picnic area on the bluff above. Gray whales can often be seen close to the shore.
Sunbathing is the most popular activity between mid-April and mid-May.
On the San Mateo Coast, north of Montara on U.S. Highway 1. The only available automobile parking is on the east side of the highway. Crossing to the ocean side of the highway can be both difficult and dangerous.
Seasons/Climate - Recommended Clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.
Dogs are prohibited at all times.
Where Can I Take My Dog.pdf
Please, NO beach fires are allowed.
Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features. Fireworks are prohibited.
Available Activities and Facilities at Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Nature & Wildlife Viewing