State Park Tours

Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds Tours

Current Month Tour Schedule listed below.
For additional information: Phone: (831) 646-6440;
email:
Asilomar.Interp@parks.ca.gov.
PLEASE NOTE: Tours are subject to staff availability. Visit the State Park desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall for posted times of regular public tours offered during your stay at Asilomar. 
 

Regularly Scheduled Public Tours

Thursday-Saturday

Free 

Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve Walks

Enjoy taking in the ocean air and views with this leisurely walk through the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve!

When: Thurs-Sat 10:00 a.m.

Where: Meet at Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall

Duration: Approximately 1 hour.

Description: The Dunes Boardwalk trail is approximately 1/2 mile long and accessible by both wheelchairs and walkers. Along the way you will learn about the preservation, conservation, and management of the 25 acres of dune habitat – this is the last of what was once 480 acres! This is the first successful restored dunes habitat in California and plays a vital role in the protection and preservation of the native plants and animals that call these dunes home!

Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers.

RAIN CANCELS

Sign-Up Sheet at the CA State Parks Desk, Hearst Social Hall. No phone sign ups; first-come, first-served. 

 

NOTE: Groups of 15 or more will require a separate tour time - contact the State Park Office: 831-646-6440. 

 

Asilomar Ramble

Our most popular tour, the Asilomar Ramble is an overview of the early days of Asilomar, Julia Morgan Architecture, and the YWCA legacy at Asilomar. 

When: Thurs-Sat 2:00 p.m.

Where: Meet at desk inside Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours

Description: The Ramble is an easy to moderate walk over paved paths and roadways covering the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds. This tour does have some hills and steps. Tour content is appropriate for children 10 and older.

Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers!

RAIN CANCELS

Sign-Up Sheet at the CA State Parks Desk, Hearst Social Hall. No phone sign ups; first-come, first-serve. 


NOTE: Groups of 15 or more will require a separate tour time - contact the State Park Office: 831-646-6440.

 

Asilomar Birds & Their Habitat Homes

2nd Sunday of the month! 

When: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 2nd Sunday of every month!

Where: Meet at Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall

Description: Join Asilomar Environmental Resources staff/docents to discover how the approximately 60 different bird species at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds utilize their respective habitats - from Piney Woods to Surf and Shore! 

Wear comfortable shoes and layers. Bring binoculars if available.

15 person limit. RSVP to montereyaudubon@gmail.com to sign up.

RAIN CANCELS

 

 

  *** FREE GROUP TOURS FOR GROUPS STAYING AT ASILOMAR STATE BEACH and CONFERENCE GROUNDS *** 

Group tours are a great option for Conference Groups, Family Reunion Groups, or Wedding Parties staying at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. Group tours last approximately 35-60 minutes, and are by request only.  Group Tours are subject to staff availability - please contact the Asilomar State Park Interpreter for details: (831) 646-6443.
NOTE: Groups larger than 8-10 members not staying at Asilomar are asked to schedule a separate tour through the State Park Office: 831-646-6440.

Conference Group Tours Available for Reservation:

1. The Asilomar Ramble
2. Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve Walk
 
3. Asilomar Birds and their Habitat Homes
Please see descriptions of tours above.


FREE GROUP TOURS FOR SCHOOLS
School Group Programs (K-12 grades)
Educators are encouraged to call in advance (831) 646-6440 to have State Parks staff provide a tour  to match your class' curriculum and study needs. We need to be sure you are not double-booking the tide pool or beach areas with other groups.