Visit the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo!

Photo by Instagram, @aydan_eliz

Photo by Instagram, @aydan_eliz

Año Nuevo in the winter months is a must. Elephant seal bulls battle it out in the surf while females come ashore to birth their pups. It’s wildlife at its best and the setting couldn’t be better. Plus, from mid December through March 31st, knowledgeable docent naturalists give park goers a guided tour chock full of facts during your up close and personal look at these gigantic creatures.

These very popular guided tours are offered daily from December 15 – March 31, 8:45am – 2:45pm (rain or shine), and are 3 miles long round trip. And if you need mobility assistance, the park offers “Equal Access Seal Tours” where visitors can board an accessible van that will transport to a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk where the tour will begin. What a great service! For more info on guided tours, jump to the bottom of this page.

Now let’s enjoy some recent visits to the park and get inspired for your next trip to the elephant seals at Año Nuevo!

Teenage elephant seals sparring in the surf - Photo by Instagram, @prolost

Teenage elephant seals sparring in the surf – Photo by Instagram, @prolost

So many great views and varied wildlife at Ano Nuevo - Photo by Instagram, @josette_mckeever

So many great views and varied wildlife at Ano Nuevo – Photo by Instagram, @josette_mckeever

Photo by Instagram, @prolost

Photo by Instagram, @prolost

So many gorgeous coastal views! Photo by Instagram, @alec_carolan

So many gorgeous coastal views! Photo by Instagram, @alec_carolan

OTHER DETAILS

Walking Tours:

  • Available December 15 – March 31, 8:45am – 2:45pm daily (rain or shine)
  • Tour is 3 miles roundtrip and is approximately 2.5 hours long
  • Layered clothing, sturdy shoes and rain gear are recommended
  • $7 per person
  • Pets are not allowed in park
  • Strollers and umbrellas are not permitted
  • Advanced reservations are strongly recommended and can be made with Reserve America at 1.800.444.4445 or at anonuevo.reserveamerica.com

Equal Access Tours:

  • Available Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, December 18 – March 20, at 10am & 1pm
  • $7 per person
  • Reservations are required
  • Please contact the park at 650.879.2033 or email ano.equalaccess@park.ca.gov for reservations
  • Due to limited space, each person with mobility needs can bring up to two guest/assistants.

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