New Years Creek Road
Pescadero, CA 94060
Days and Hours Of Operation
Varies by season
Get up close with nature at Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve as you observe elephant seals during their winter breeding season. The park is open year-round for viewing elephant seals but the best time of year is between mid-December through the end of March, when females give birth to their young on the dunes. Access to the reserve during the breeding season is by guided walks only. In the spring and summer months, you can observe the elephant seals by obtaining a visitor permit.
Stop by the Visitor Center and browse through natural history exhibits and a bookstore. There is no food or drinks sold at the reserve.
Getting ThereThe Reserve is located on State Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, about 1.5 hours south of San Francisco.
*Visit the Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park and Butano State Park, which are within five miles of Año Nuevo.
*Guided walks can be booked online at Reserve America.