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Ano Nuevo State Reserve

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New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
+1 650-879-2025
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Great marine biology stop!

Great place to stop for a couple of hours along Highway 1. Nice trail along the California... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Alison S
via mobile
Sea elephant viewing opportunity not to be missed

Moderate hiking. Well managed viewing opportunities. Do not expect to get too close. Too... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kentgwashburn
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Santa Cruz, California
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Home to the largest mainland seal colony in the world.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“elephant seals” (139 reviews)
“sand dunes” (28 reviews)
“ano nuevo” (26 reviews)
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New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
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"elephant seals"
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"sand dunes"
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"ano nuevo"
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"guided tour"
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"the reserve"
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"long walk"
in 9 reviews
"their natural habitat"
in 6 reviews
"education center"
in 4 reviews
"in advance"
in 12 reviews
"mile hike"
in 9 reviews
"mating season"
in 7 reviews
"amazing animals"
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"end of march"
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"young males"
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"parking lot"
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"nice hike"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great place to stop for a couple of hours along Highway 1. Nice trail along the California coastline that includes views if the cliffs, beaches and Islands off the coast. The trail ends at the beach where we could see 30 elephant seals molting. Amazing...More

Thank Alison S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Moderate hiking. Well managed viewing opportunities. Do not expect to get too close. Too dangerous. So much that we see or do is a variation on the same old, and the sea elephants are pinnipeds, but unique enough to warrant a visit.

Thank kentgwashburn
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing experience! Beautiful walk out to see the elephant seals. And, the seals themselves were very active & loud. Fun & interesting to watch. The volunteers were great & full of information. Would return!

Thank Amy F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The beach itself was incredible—came back to the parking lot and found our car window smashed (and another car) and some of our possessions stolen. Do NOT leave anything of value in your car here, as it’s a target for “smash and grab” thieves. The...More

Thank Crissie T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spend one sunny day hiking, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery, combination of ocean, hill and sand dunes. There are about 20 elephant seals molting in the beach. They are making loud sounds. Some are active some are just playing dead not moving at...More

Thank Grace R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved our visit to this park. Nice picnic area. Clean restrooms. Fabulous place to see the elephant seals! Amaz creatures! Docents very knowledgeable and helpful!

Thank schmidtmomto6
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a super cool experience. It is melting season right now. They stop allowing people to go back for the self guided tour at 3:30. We arrived at that time and felt rushed to get back there. It is quite the walk, with much...More

Thank Vickie H
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our trip to Ano Nuevo, the drive from Santa Cruz was also full of great things to see. We stopped and picked strawberries and watched air surfers. But enough of the extras, back to Ano Nuevo. It was a very nice hike including...More

Thank bljam
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

we heard about this place and did not disappoint - it's about a 2.5 mile RT hike. Be sure to check w ranger on which beach has the seals. There are numerous docents there to explain things and answer questions too.... The seals are amazing!

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Reviewed 30 June 2018

We went to see the elephant seals during molting. I'd only seen these amazing animals on video and real life was a memory I'll never forget. We went with a SF local and weren't well-prepared (shoulda looked at TA first!). Like many state parks there...More

Thank CharlieSledge
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grilango
30 July 2018|
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Response from Grace R | Reviewed this property |
I remember the volunteer docent said that the elephant seals are present all year but molting from April to August.
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TravelManiac214
25 April 2017|
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Response from AmySue1981 | Reviewed this property |
I think you can always see seals here, but the number varies by season. We were there in March and the weaning seals were just getting ready to head out to sea for the first time. There were very few adults, and everything... More
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Yemotoc
17 December 2014|
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Response from OldeBear | Reviewed this property |
Hi Folks, Ano Nuevo is not in a populated area. As one result of this, the wildlife is quite abundant. This means lots of bird species as well as the Elephant Seals, Steller's and California Sea Lions etc. Food will take... More
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