Equal Access Tours

State Parks is working on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access at park units. However, in line with COVID-19 precautions, Guided Seal Tours have been suspended at Año Nuevo State Park as the state continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In addition the Año Nuevo Coast Natural Preserve will remain closed, as will the Elephant Seal Viewing Area.

Link to full Año Nuevo State Park home page COVID-19 Message

Persons requiring mobility assistance may make reservations
for special docent-led Equal Access Guided Walks.

EA Tour with docent


To accommodate visitors who require mobile assistance, the park offers a 2 hour tour for visitors to access the natural preserve and view the elephant seals. Qualified persons include those that require mobility assistance and cannot walk the 3-mile hike on the Año Nuevo Point Trail. An ADA wheelchair accessible van transports visitors to an accessible boardwalk that leads to where the elephant seals be seen. Each person in need of mobility assistance may bring up to 3 people on the tour.

What Should I Bring on the Tour? 

Elephant seal tours are conducted rain or shine. Winter weather can be very cold and windy, even on sunny summer days. 

Rain is frequent and the trail may be muddy with small puddles.

  • Visitors should bring hooded rain gear,a warm jacket, layered clothing, and sturdy walking shoes. 
  • Cameras and binoculars are welcome!
  • For safety reasons, use of umbrellas are not permitted on the tours. 
  • No food is allowed on the tour, but you may picnic in designated areas before or after the guided tour.
  • Pets are not allowed in the park and cannot be left inside parked vehicles in the parking lot.
  • Two guests are allowed with each person qualifying for an EA Guided Tour