Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds
"The waves come in slowly, vast and green, curve their translucent necks, and
burst with a surprising uproar, that runs, waxing and waning, up and down the
long keyboard of the beach ..."
--Robert Louis Stevenson
Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds provides park visitors numerous opportunities for beach and coast trail walks, a short boardwalk loop through the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve as well as a variety of overnight room lodging and conference meeting room facilities. From its historic Julia Morgan architecture to the forest, the dunes and coastline, State Park staff takes the lead in protecting and educating park visitors about Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, and monitors the delicate balance between preservation
and public access.
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. The historic buildings were designed and built by renowned California architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928. Asilomar has been owned and operated by State Parks since 1956.
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 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.
PLEASE NOTE: There are no restrooms or picnicking facilities on the state beach.
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 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.
The boardwalk also leads 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 Aramark to operate the Conference Grounds including conference group accommodations, overnight lodging and special events management. See sidebar to the right for contact information for Asilomar State Beach Office, and the Conference Grounds phone number for lodging reservations and special event scheduling.
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.
2014 - COMMEMORATING 150 YEARS OF CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS!!
The Monterey District has also produced a 150th Anniversary "Special Status Animal Species" coloring book as part of the 150th Anniversary commemoration. A copy of this coloring book can be downloaded below. We hope you and your family will enjoy learning about these "Special Status" animals that live in the state parks that are a part of the California State Parks/Monterey District.
- Hours of Operation:
No Hours Listed
- Park Office Telephone:
- Purchase Annual Passes
Address and Telephone
Asilomar State Park Office
804 Crocker Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Group and Public Tours: See Link Above.
Need more info? Contact:
Lisa Bradford, State Park Interpreter
2014 - 150 YEARS OF CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS!!
See information on California State Parks Sesquicentennial at the left.
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 lMonterey area beaches.
Phoebe's Café, located at the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall sells alcohol that can be enjoyed while watching the sun set from the outdoor deck.
BONFIRES AT ASILOMAR STATE BEACH
Bonfires are not allowed on Asilomar State Beach due environmental and safety concerns. A small fire that can be contained in a hibachi or portable chimnea, which allows fire remains to be transported away, IS allowed. For additional information, please contact the Asilomar State Beach Office:
PETS AT ASILOMAR STATE BEACH
Dogs are allowed ON leash at Asilomar State Beach. Please consider families with infants and young children who frequent Asilomar State Beach when walking dogs by keeping them under control and picking up after your pet.
Thank you for keeping our State Beach safe and clean for ALL!
To learn about dogs in CA State Parks visit: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21305
COMMERICAL PHOTOGRAPHY AT ASILOMAR STATE BEACH
ALL commercial photography in CA State Parks - from senior high school pictures to wedding pictures to larger projects like videos, commercials, films - require permits processed through the California Film Commission:
Asilomar State Beach does NOT have campground facilities. Motorhomes and campers are not allowed to park along the conference ground perimeter and will be cited.
Local campgrounds are located at: City of Monterey, Monterey County Parks, in addition to private campgrounds in Marina and Carmel Valley. The closest California State Park campground is located in Big Sur - please visit www.parks.ca.gov for more information.
WEDDINGS AT ASILOMAR
Weddings at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds are handled primarily by Aramark: http://visitasilomar.com
All groups not booking with Aramark and desiring to use the State Beach or at the Coast Trail Gazebo are required to have permits and additional special event paperwork in place PRIOR to the date of the event. For a permit packet, fee information, etc., contact the Asilomar Sector Special Events Office:
Jeanie Sturges, Special Events Coordinator:
Phone: (831) 649-7118; email: email@example.com.
STAY AT ASILOMAR STATE PARK CONFERENCE GROUNDS
Aramark provides guest lodging services at
Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds.
TO MAKE A ROOM RESERVATION
For Overnight Lodging, Conferences, Weddings and Special Events:
TOLL FREE RESERVATION LINE: (888) 635-5310
LOCAL PHONE LINE: (831) 372-8016
Aramark Mailing address
Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Avenue
P.O. Box 537
Pacific Grove CA 93950