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Asilomar State Beach

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(831) 646-6440

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Driving Directions to Asilomar SB

Asilomar State Beach is adjacent to Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove.
Asilomar Conference Grounds is at 800 Asilomar Avenue in Pacific Grove.
Directions to the Asilomar Conference Grounds: From the North (Santa Cruz):
Take State Highway 1 south towards Monterey.  Exit at Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove.  Follow to Sinex Avenue (approximately 2.4 miles).  Turn left on Sinex Avenue and continue to the Asilomar Conference Grounds entrance (corner of Sinex and Asilomar Avenues approximately 0.8 miles).
Directions to Asilomar State Beach: From the North (Santa Cruz):
Take State Highway 1 south towards Monterey. Exit at Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove. Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove. Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar State Beach.
Directions to the Asilomar Conference Grounds: From the East (Salinas/Highway 101):
Take Highway 68 West from Salinas. Turn south on Highway 1 (aproximately 15 miles). From Highway 1 take 68 West into Pacific Grove and proceed as above.
Directions to the Asilomar Conference Grounds: From the East (Salinas/Highway 101):
Take Highway 68 West from Salinas. Turn south on Highway 1 (approximately 15 miles). From Highway 1 take Highway 68 West into Pacific Grove and proceed as above.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available, please call the park for further options.

Upcoming Park Events

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Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds - a Unit of California State Parks

"Asilomar so Lovely, Down by the Edge of the Sea, Where the Pine Trees Tall and Stately, And the Sand Dunes call to Me."      
                                                                                                                                                            ---Asilomar Camp Song
                                       
Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds State Park provides visitors numerous opportunities for beach and coast trail walks, a short boardwalk loop through the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve, as well as a chance to stay on-site in a variety of overnight room lodging and conference meeting room facilities (see right-hand "Stay at Asilomar"). From its historic Julia Morgan architecture to the forest, the dunes and coastline, State Park staff takes the lead in protecting and educating State Park visitors about Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, while monitoring the delicate balance between preservation and public access. 

Asilomar YWCA Camp, 1916



Asilomar had its start In 1913 as a young womens' summer camp and conference facility - an outgrowth of the inspired vision of the resourceful, socially-concerned and committed women of the YWCA(Young Women's Christian Association). The historic buildings were designed and built by renowned California architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928. Asilomar has been owned and operated by California State Parks since 1956. View the right-hand sidebar for the Asilomar State Park Office contact information.
For more information about Asilomar's history, architecture
and natural habitats, download our 2015 Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds Visitors Guide: 2015VG_lorez_4_distr.pdf


Asilomar State Beach is a narrow, one-mile strip of sandy beach and rocky coves. A ¾ mile coast walking trail is open to pedestrians. The trail is accessible and a beach wheelchair is available upon request at the Registration Desk. Vehicle parking and a bicycle lane is adjacent to the state beach on Sunset Drive.  


Asilomar State Beach
trail 18
 Asilomar State Beach is within the boundary of Asilomar Marine Reserve. All marine resources, animals and features are protected.  No collecting or fishing is allowed - your help is needed to maintain this coastal area as a healthy habitat for future visitors to enjoy! Dogs are permitted on the state beach but must be leashed at all times and be in the immediate control of the handler. View the right-hand sidebar for more information on California State Parks policy regarding pets.
PLEASE NOTE: There are no restrooms or picnicking facilities on the state beach.


Coast Trail
Asilomar Coast Trail
                                                                                                                                                    
 
Across the street from Asilomar State Beach is Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve, where a landmark stile stands at the gateway to this preserve and the Asilomar Conference Grounds. A ¼ mile boardwalk meanders through 25 acres of restored sand dune ecosystem where visitors can discover the native plant greenhouse where more than 450,000 plants, representing 25 species, have been grown and planted in the effort to preserve the dunes and coastal bluffs. Several boardwalk outlooks provide panoramic views of Asilomar State Beach and the blue Pacific Ocean.

The Dunes Boardwalk also leads State Park visitors to the heart of the Asilomar Conference Grounds where the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall, Merrill Hall, the Grace Dodge Chapel Auditorium, and the Crocker Dining Hall form the core of the original historic Julia Morgan structures. The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall is a hub for park visitors - plan to spend some time relaxing in front of the impressive rock fireplace, refresh yourself with a cup of coffee from Phoebe's Cafe, shop for a special gift in the Asilomar Gift Shop, or book a stay in one of Asilomar's many guest rooms. 
                                                
California State Parks contracts with concession partner, Aramark, to operate the Asilomar Conference Grounds including conference group accommodations, overnight lodging and special events management. View the right-hand sidebar for the Aramark phone number for lodging reservations and special event scheduling.


Asilomar Suncloud

LOCATION

Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds is adjacent to Sunset Drive, Asilomar Avenue, and Crocker Avenue in the city of Pacific Grove.

Directions to Asilomar from the North (Santa Cruz)
Take State Highway 1 south towards Monterey.  Exit at Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove.  Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove.  Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar Avenue. Turn right and proceed one full block  to the entrance - marked by 2 stone pillars - on your left.

Directions to Asilomar from the East (Salinas/Highway 101)
Take Monterey/Highway 68 West from Salinas.  Turn south on Highway 1 (approximately 15 miles).  From Highway 1 take 68 West to Pacific Grove.  Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove.  Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar Avenue. Turn right and proceed one full block to the entrance - marked by 2 stone pillars - on your left.

Map of the Area and  Conference Grounds
Refer to the Brochures Link at the top of this page  to view the Park Brochure which contains a driving map as well as a map of the Asilomar Conference Grounds - downloadable in pdf format.

NEW ANNUAL STATE PARK PASSES FOR 2015

California State Parks has launched the Annual Park Pass Program, bringing back popular “Golden Poppy” and introducing a new Tahoe area regional pass.

The Annual Park Pass Program consists of four different passes with a variety of admissions to parks statewide, and price points designed to meet visitor’s individual needs. Specifically, the 2015 annual passes include: 

·         “California Explorer” Annual Pass ($195.00): Offers vehicle entrance to 134 state parks, including the Southern California beaches along the Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Coasts.

·         “Golden Poppy” Annual Pass ($125.00): This popular pass is making a comeback, and includes vehicle entrance to 112 state parks.

·         “Tahoe Regional” Annual Pass ($75.00): This new regional pass was created this year specifically for one of the jewels of the state, the Lake Tahoe region. The pass includes admission to D.L. Bliss State Park, Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park, Emerald Bay State Park, Kings Beach State Recreation Area and Donner Memorial State Park.

·         “Historian Passport” ($50.00): Includes admission for up to four people to State Historic Parks that generally charge a per-person admission fee. Pass holders will be able to tour California missions, see where the gold rush happened and experience Native American culture.

·         “Off Highway Vehicle” Day Use Annual Pass ($50): unchanged from last year.
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As of January 5, Annual Passes are available at state park units where fees are collected as well as at the Pass Office in Sacramento and the State Parks on-line store: http://store.parks.ca.gov/    All of these passes are valid for a floating 12-month period from the date of purchase.

For more information on California State Park’s Annual Park Pass Program and the locations where each will be honored, visit our Park Pass web page: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1049

2015 State Park Passes

SUMMER is HERE!! Be ''in the Know'' about Alcohol, Bonfires and Pets at Asilomar State Beach

ALCOHOL AT ASILOMAR STATE BEACH
Alcoholic beverage consumption is NOT allowed at Asilomar State Beach. Please check with local municipalities regarding alcohol consumption at other Monterey area beaches.
Phoebe's Café, located in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall on the Conference Grounds sells alcohol that can be enjoyed while watching the sunset from the outdoor deck. Music from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Fridays during the Summer.

BONFIRES AT ASILOMAR STATE BEACH
Bonfires are NOT allowed on Asilomar State Beach due to environmental and safety concerns.
A small fire that can be contained in a hibachi or portable chimnea which allows fire remains (smoldering coals, wood, nails and paper refuse) to be transported away IS allowed. YOUR HELP is needed to keep our beautiful beach CLEAN and SAFE by packing out trash. Trash receptacles are located at the access points to the beach and coastal trail for your convenience.

PETS AT ASILOMAR STATE BEACH
Dogs are allowed ON leash at Asilomar State Beach. Please consider families with infants and young children who frequent the beach when walking dogs by keeping them under control and picking up after your pet.
Thank you for keeping our beach safe and clean for ALL! To learn about our Department's policy regarding dogs in CA State Parks visit: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21305

Asilomar Sunset


Available Activities and Facilities at Asilomar State Beach

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Lodging
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible