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Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve

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West Main Street, Guadalupe, CA 93434
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The actual dune complex with the old movie sets is closed to the public. You can drive to parking... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2018
Z7011UDmichaelp
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Take a walk

This is endless and a great place to walk as you commune with nature. The shoreline goes on... read more

Reviewed March 15, 2018
jejk70
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Central Arizona, Arizona
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Approximately 600 acres of coastal active dunes, with undeveloped native habiat including ~2 miles of beach, the Santa Maria River estuary, foredunes, backdunes, and riparian. Home to the California least tern, western snowy plover, northern harrier, American Avocet, white-tailed kite, red-legged frog, western pond turtle, mule deer, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, black-tailed jackrabbit, as well as with several rare plant species. Open to all sorts of passive recreation: birding, wildlife observation, surfing, fishing, hiking, picnicing, and meditation. No off-road vehicles, sandboarding, kites, fires, camping or pets are allowed.
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West Main Street, Guadalupe, CA 93434
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"surf fishing"
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"pismo beach"
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"commune with nature"
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"cool place to visit"
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"the pacific ocean"
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"plover"
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"endangered"
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"sandpipers"
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"movie"
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The actual dune complex with the old movie sets is closed to the public. You can drive to parking lot (road floods a bit in rain) but then you can walk to the beach but not back on the dunes. Movie buffs will be disappointed.

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

This is endless and a great place to walk as you commune with nature. The shoreline goes on forever and you can watch the sandpipers, gulls and crab as you play tag with the waves.

Thank jejk70
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

I grew up in this area and well familiar with this beach. The beach is big and plenty of room to roam by it has many restrictions. The parking lot is a fair size and never really an issue when looking for parking. The restrooms...More

2  Thank Erickg123
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

This is on the coast near Santa Maria where the Guadalupe river meets the Pacific Ocean. In the gap between the mountains, the wind has formed these huge sand dunes. Cool place to visit to cool off in the surf. Plenty of surf fishing as...More

Thank Rick J
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Visited over Thanksgiving break with family in 2016 - fantastic view, quiet, peaceful and so vast you won't feel the crowd. Was given direction by ATV operator at Pismo beach. Having being to other dunes (Death Valley, Point Reyes, Oregon Coast) I find this to...More

Thank KhimLee
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

The Dunes are incredible to behold. Literally miles of them in every direction. Only one way in and one way out with a very small parking lot to service many people who come to see the Dunes. You don't really want to stay under those...More

Thank David M
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

We were at a loose end one day on our California road trip, having arrived early in Pismo Beach and not able to check in to our hotel. For a change we decided to rely on traditional travel guides for inspiration - never again! Our...More

1  Thank n1968ick
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Worth the drive out. You drive through the dunes to a beautiful beach. Very tranquil. There is a nice parking area and restrooms. There are nesting areas for the California Least Tern and the Western Snowy Plover, so some areas are cordoned off during nesting...More

Thank csarchibald
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

The preserve is quite a ways from the Dunes Center but still an easy drive. They had most of the dunes partitioned off to allow the local Plover bird to nest undisturbed. It would have been nice to be able to move around the dunes...More

Thank jaspvs
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Reviewed 6 January 2016

great beach to meditate and fish. free as of now. country beach. 2 miles or so north of the US Air Force Base ...Vandenberg. great walk up and down the beach maybe 2 miles south and 1 mile or so north until u hit the...More

Thank Guadalupejoe
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