Asilomar State Beach

Update (March 1, 2021):With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. Additionally, group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open.

As State Parks increases access to the State Park System, it is critical that Californians continue to recreate responsibly in the outdoors as the pandemic is far from over.

Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for this park unit.

What is open now?
  • The state beach is open, and on-street parking is available to vehicles on a limited basis.
  • The state beach is open to dogs on leash.
  • Walking trails through the conference grounds are open to the public.
  • Asilomar Conference Grounds is open for overnight stays: www.visitasilomar.com

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
  • Asilomar Conference Grounds lodging buildings are not open to the public.
  • There is no campground at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds.
  • Bonfires and alcohol are illegal at Asilomar State Beach.

Statewide:
  • Some park units and campground sites continue to be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, impacts from wildfires or other issues. Please visit the webpage of your local outdoor destination to find out if it is open.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:

  • Stay Local: Stay close to home during this pandemic period. If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please remain at home and plan your trip for another time. 
  • Plan Ahead
    • The ongoing pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of your outdoor destination you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, and what visitor guidelines are in effect.
    • Learn what safety precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
    • SNO-PARKS: Make sure your vehicle is snow ready. A permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site. Parking is on a first come, first-serve basis at all SNO-PARK sites. The public is advised that parking lots are filling up early in the day. Illegal parking is prohibited. More information can be found at ohv.parks.ca.gov/SNOPARKS.
  • Stay Safer at Six Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings or parties. If there are too many people to maintain the required physical distance, please visit us on a different day. 
    • Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
    • Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
  • Keep Clean: Be prepared as not all services may be available. Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.
  • Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.

Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.

California State Parks continues to work with local and state officials on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(831) 646-6440

Park Hours

Asilomar State Park Office: M-F: 9:00-5:00

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed on beach, trails, and conference grounds. Dogs not allowed in conference ground buildings.

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.

Camping and Lodging

Asilomar State Beach does not have camping facilities as it is a day-use only beach. The Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds facility has several lodges with rooms available for overnight stays. Please select the Online Reservations button for more information.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

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

Asilomar Conference Grounds to Re-Open for Overnight Guests, Feb. 5, 2021

Exciting news - Asilomar will re-open for overnight guests on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.

Take a well-deserved escape to where the air is fresh, the horizon is endless, and the ocean views are stunning. Settle in for a time of relaxation and rejuvenation at Asilomar, where the simple comforts and pleasures of life abound. See right-hand menu link: Stay at Asilomar for reservation information.

Asilomar State Beach is open to the public for day use.

Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds, a Unit of California State Parks - where Every Day is a Walk in the Park!!

"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

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall                                
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall, designed by Julia Morgan for the YWCA in 1913.  Copyright, CA State Parks

Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds State Park provides visitors numerous opportunities for a variety of scenic walks along the State beach, Coast Trail, and through the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve, as well as the opportunity to stay on-site with a  variety of overnight room lodging, dining and conference meeting room facilities available (click on "Reservations" button at top of page). 

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 which are still an integral part of the Asilomar grounds, were designed and built by renowned California architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928.
               
  Asilomar Campers, c. 1916. Copyright CA State Parks
                                                            Asilomar YWCA camp 1916. CA State Parks                                                

 

Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds has been owned by California State Parks since 1956. State Parks staff takes the lead in protecting and educating visitors about Asilomar's historic buildings, as well as the forest, dunes and beach habitats, providing information and oversight in monitoring the delicate balance between preservation and public access. 
 
A FREE ASILOMAR State Beach & Conference Grounds VISITOR'S GUIDE is available by contacting the Asilomar State Parkoffice: 831-646-6443.

View the right-hand sidebar for links to weekly State Park-led tours and additional information you may be interested in regarding the Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds Park Unit.


About Asilomar State Beach
Asilomar State Beach is a narrow, one-mile strip of sandy beach and rocky coves. A ¾ mile coast walking trail - the Asilomar Coast Trail - is open to pedestrians. Dogs ARE permitted on the state beach and the coast trail, but must be leashed at all times and be in the immediate control of the handler. View the "In the Know" section below for more information on California State Parks' policy regarding pets at the park.

Asilomar Coast Trail

The coast trail is accessible and a beach wheelchair and beach walker are available upon request at the Registration Desk inside the Phoebe hearst Social Hall. Vehicle parking as well as a bicycle lane is adjacent to the beach and coast trail along Sunset Drive. Asilomar State Beach is within the boundary of the Asilomar Marine Reserve, is a Marine Protected Area. All marine resources, animals and features (including shells and rocks) 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! Please Note: There are no restrooms or picnicking facilities on the State Beach. Restrooms open to the public are located at the Phoebe Hearst Social Hall inside the Conference Grounds.

dunes boardwalk nichols

About the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve  
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.

About the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Asilomar State Beach overlooks the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a federal Marine Protected Area which spans 276 miles along the California coast from Marin to Cambria, encompassing more than 6,000 square statute miles. Managed by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA), Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is part of a network of underwater parks, comprised of 14 national marine sanctuaries and two marine national monuments. The sanctuary was established in 1992 for the purpose of resource protection, research, education, and responsible public use, including fishing, diving, kayaking, boating, and surfing. Human activities that could harm the santuary's health, such as oil drilling, ocean dumping, or seabed mining, are not allowed.

Asilomar Coast Trail - A Mile of Precious Coastal Access Worth Preserving!

Asilomar Coast Trail Restoration Project
In November, 2018, California State Parks at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds began a Coast Trail Restoration Project along the Asilomar Rocky Shore, adjacent to Sunset Drive. The project was undertaken to ensure public access along this beautiful stretch of coast, while minimizing impact on the rich natural and cultural resources of the region. The existing Asilomar Coast Trail and current rehabilitation project are part of the long-term dune restoration effort initiated by California State Parks in the mid-1980s.In recent years several sections of the trail have been damaged by coastal erosion. Erosion is expected to accelerate in the coming years due to sea level rise caused by climate change. California State Parks is employing a managed retreat strategy at Asilomar State Beach, moving trails and structures away from the intertidal zone rather than utilizing engineered “armoring” along the coast. This project will realign affected sections of trail inland on raised boardwalks. The abandoned trail sections will be planted with native vegetation.

Asilomar Coast Trail

The project will impact approximately 0.5 miles of the current Asilomar Coast Trail. The project will result in:

  • Construction of 1,127 linear feet of new, raised boardwalk within new, re-routed trail alignments
  • Construction of 165 linear feet of new decomposed granite trail that is part of the new alignment and will connect to the new, raised boardwalk trail
  • Removal of, and in-kind replacement of 100 linear feet of existing boardwalk trail
  • Installation of two drainage crossings
  • Restoration of 1,220 linear feet of decommissioned trail.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Asilomar Coast Trail Restoration Project has been reviewed for CEQA compliance and has a Coastal Development Permit from the California Coastal Commission. The project began in November, 2018, and will be constructed by “in-house” California State Parks staff. The projected timeframe for completion is dependent on weather conditions, staff availability, and funding.

For more information about the Asilomar Coast Trail Restoration Project visit the Asilomar Coast Trail Information Section located on the right hand Related Pages at the top.

Be ''In The Know'' about Alcohol, Bonfires & Pets at Asilomar State Beach

Asilomar Sunset
 
IS ALCOHOL ALLOWED 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 terrace. The Asilomar Conference Grounds are part of the Asilomar State Park Unit and are open to the public daily between the hours of 8:00 AM and * PM. There is no entrance fee; parking is free in designated parking lots.
 
ARE BONFIRES ALLOWED AT ASILOMAR STATE BEACH?
Bonfires are NOT allowed on Asilomar State Beach due to environmental and safety concerns. Portable camp stoves (such as Hibachi or Weber) are permitted for food preparation and consumption on site. Persons using approved devices for cooking must remove all unexpended fuel (coals, briquettes, etc.) from the beach. Please do not harm the environment or potentially harm other beach goers by dumping hot coals and ash, and burying in the sand.
YOUR HELP is needed to keep our beautiful beach CLEAN and SAFE by packing out trash. Trash receptacles are located at the beach access points and along the coastal trail for your convenience.

CAN I BRING PETS TO 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 at Dogs at Parks pages. 
 
OF NOTE: The southern 2/3rds of the Asilomar Beach is Pebble Beach Property and is not patrolled or maintained by CA State Parks. Please contact Pebble Beach Resorts for all inquiries related to this section of the beach.
 

LOCATION

Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds is adjacent to Sunset Drive, Asilomar Avenue, and Crocker Avenue in the city of Pacific Grove. Asilomar State Beach encompasses 1 mile of walking trail along Sunset Drive and the first third of the Sandy Beach habitat, also adjacent to Sunset Drive. Free beach and walking trail parking is located along the beach side of Sunset Drive. See below for map information.

Directions to Asilomar State Beach from the North (Santa Cruz)
Take State Highway 68 West from Salinas. 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. Parking is in designated areas along the shoulder of the road along Sunset.

Directions to Asilomar State Beach: From the East (Salinas/Hwy 101/Hwy 68): 
Take State Highway 68 West from Salinas. 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. Parking is in designated areas along the shoulder of the road along Sunset.

Directions to Asilomar Conference Grounds from the North (Sanat 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 Asilomar Avenue. The entrance to the Conference Grounds is through the Stone Pillars straight ahead. Parking is availalbe in any designated parking space with the exception of the loading spaces adjacent to the Hearst Social Hall (Registration Bldg).

Directions to Asilomar Conference Grounds 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. Follow to Sinex Avenue (approximately 2.4 miles). Turn left on Sinex Avenue and continue to Asilomar Avenue. The entrance to the Conference Grounds is through the Stone Pillars straight ahead. Parking is availalbe in any designated parking space with the exception of the loading spaces adjacent to the Hearst Social Hall (Registration Bldg).

Map of the Area and  Conference Grounds
There is a Google Map in the drop down menu tab (Location)at the top of the page.
Visitors can also refer to the Brochures Link at the top of this page  to view the Asilomar State Park Brochure which contains a driving map as well as a map of the Asilomar Conference Grounds - downloadable in pdf format.

Please contact the Asilomar State Beach Ranger Office if you need additional information or ADA assistance: 831-646-6440

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