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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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A close and impressive elephant seals view!

The reserve is on a beautiful location on high way 1 north of Santa Cruz. There is a trail of about... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2015
Meital N
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Ano Nuevo State Reserve (新年岬州立保護區) is located on the California famous Hwy 1, about 20 mi (32.2 km... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2015
Taipei, Taiwan
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Home to the largest mainland seal colony in the world.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
+1 650-879-2025
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Reviewed 22 June 2015 via mobile

The reserve is on a beautiful location on high way 1 north of Santa Cruz. There is a trail of about 3 mile from the parking lot to the view point and back, but it was worth it (even though we have small kids). Wear...More

1  Thank Meital N
Reviewed 21 June 2015

Ano Nuevo State Reserve (新年岬州立保護區) is located on the California famous Hwy 1, about 20 mi (32.2 km) north of Santa Cruz. Ano Nuevo State Natural Reserve is a separate unit of the California state park system; it has been a part of Ano Nuevo...More

3  Thank jameshuang
Reviewed 31 May 2015

We visited Ano Nuevo State Reserve in late May. The best experience we have had in many years. The Reserve is right off of Highway 1 on the Pacific coast about 20 miles north of Santa Cruz. The trails are enjoyable but the real attractions...More

2  Thank Sandy F
Reviewed 28 May 2015

How about 300 elephant seals gathered on a beach to molt. Phenomenal experience. Docents along the way to explain to us "city folk" about the elephant seals and their breeding and molting seasons. Some moderately difficult sand dunes to navigate but well worth the walk.

Thank marinertacoma
Reviewed 21 May 2015

This is a great place to go with our without kids. It's a nice walk around with beautiful surroundings and then you come up to these amazing Elephant Seals! The Park volunteers where really great and had binoculars that we could use to get a...More

1  Thank Kelly Y
Reviewed 19 May 2015

If your primary reason to visit is the Sea Elephant colonies - take a minute to plan your trip. It is a 3 mile/5K roundtrip walk/hike to view the Sea Elephant colonies. The majority of the walk is level on gravel paths although there are...More

Thank LakeONsailor
Reviewed 17 May 2015

This is one of the best places in the world to get up close (but not too personal) to elephant seals. Depending on the time of year, you will see male elephant seals lying on the beach (Aug-Oct), female elephant seals lying on the beach...More

Thank Craig T
Reviewed 5 May 2015

It was very special to visit this place. We were there late April and we were almost only visitors. It was amazing to see so many see elephants lying on the braches and molting! On the south and bight beach over 200 of them!

1  Thank Eelco G
Reviewed 30 April 2015

For several months a year elephant seals take over a large area on the San Mateo coast. Moms show up to give birth and nurse the calves, dads hang around for the mating ritual...fighting, bellowing, sunning, generally being bull elephant seals. Lots of noise and...More

Thank LEHBrentwoodCA
Reviewed 6 April 2015

IT's about a 1.5 mile hike along a well maintained path along the coast to get to the area with the seals, but well worth it. If you're more pressed for time and are going further down the coast, Piedras Blancas down near Hearst Castle...More

1  Thank ShutterGo
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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
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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