Day-use Area 8am to Sunset
* Camping is not available at this park.
California State Parks Backpacking Adventures offers naturalist-led backpacking trips through the Santa Cruz Mountains each summer. Online registration opens February 1 at 9am.
The beach has a mile-long shoreline with sandy coves, rocky cliffs, tide pools, fishing spots, and picnic facilities. Across the highway is Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, a popular spot for bird watchers and other naturalists. The Reserve is a refuge for wildlife such as: blue herons, kites, deer, raccoons, foxes, and skunks.
DOGS are prohibited on the beach and in the Natural Preserve at all times. Where Can I Take My Dog
COLLECTING is not permited. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.
FIRES are not allowed.
DRONES are not allowed in the park. To protect wildlife and cultural resources, and for the safety and welfare of visitors and staff, the park is closed to the use of Model Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Gliders in flight.
FIREWORKS are prohibited.
Wedding & Special Events Permits
Film & Photography Permits: For information on obtaining these permits please contact the park directly.
PARKING & FACILITIES: There are 3 parking lots on the western side of Highway 1 with beach access.
Northern Pescadero Beach Access Parking Lot
Beach Access: The sandy beach is accessible from two locations in the parking lot.
Facilities/Activities: Single restroom. No running water.
Fees: There is an $8 parking fee which is payable daily upon entry to the park. Only US currency and checks are accepted.
To pay for a parking permit when a parking attendant is not present you must locate the “Pay Here” sign in the parking lot. Follow the instructions on the sign. Fill out the self-registration envelope, include payment and tear off the top stub. Leave the top stub visible on the dashboard of your vehicle and place the envelope into the deposit slot. Park Rangers will confirm payment.
Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve and Central Pescadero Beach Access Parking Lot
Beach Access: The rocky beach is accessible at the southern end of the parking lot by the way of a narrow stairway.
Marsh Access: There is a wooden stair case on the eastern side of the parking lot which will take you a pedestrian walkway along the Highway One Bridge. Once you walk across the Highway One bridge, access the marsh by walking under the bridge from the beach. Crossing Highway One on foot is not recommended.
Facilities/Activities: Single restroom. No running water. Free guided marsh walking tours on the 1st Sunday at 10am and the 3rd Sunday at 1pm of every month (weather permitting).
Southern Pescadero Beach Access Parking Lot ( Located at the intersection of Highway One and Pescadero Creek Road)
Beach Access: The rocky beach is accessible from the northern end of the parking lot by stairs
Facilities/Activities: Two restrooms. No running water. Two picnic tables. No barbeque pits.