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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 visit, lots of seals

I have been coming here since the 60's. it had been a while since I have taken the tour so I went... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Portland, Oregon
via mobile

When there are no people there it feels kind a desolate but it is a very nice looking nature place... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alzor S
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Home to the largest mainland seal colony in the world.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“elephant seals” (129 reviews)
“sand dunes” (27 reviews)
“ano nuevo” (24 reviews)
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New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA
+1 650-879-2025
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been coming here since the 60's. it had been a while since I have taken the tour so I went with my son and 2 grandkids. It's really and amazing thing to see those large seals so close and all of the vocalizations...More

Thank swj1051
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When there are no people there it feels kind a desolate but it is a very nice looking nature place and you can see the ocean and it’s very quiet and soft and I like coming there when I am in the area

Thank Alzor S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best experiences related to state reserves I've had. We visited in January and the whether was great, in that season all is there big sea elephant males, females with puppies, you can see males fighting, small puppies and all amazingly close. Check...More

Thank Julio075
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We arrived early on December 26 with hopes of getting tickets to a guided tour to see the elephant seals on the beaches. During mating season, visitors must go with a guide. It was a beautiful place and amazing animals. Our tour guide Joe was...More

Thank Bayney
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Make sure you book ahead for Ano Nuevo, particularly if you want to go at the weekend. The best time to go is typically mid December to the end of February, when the alpha males are beating up the beta males in order to claim...More

Thank Stephen F
Reviewed 25 December 2017

We visited Ano Nuevo (thus named because the area was first sighted by explorers on New Year's Day) in late December. We had pre-purchased tickets for the elephant seal tour for a nominal fee; a good thing since they were completely sold out for the...More

Thank SnowyShasta
Reviewed 22 December 2017

We had an outstanding guide for our view of the elephant seals. We saw a great many and only one bellowing. We saw some year-old seals and some grand old 12 year olds. Much of the 2.5 mile walk was on boards or flat land...More

Thank 22Janjim20
Reviewed 30 November 2017

It was a beautiful, sunny, not windy nor cold day in November. We lucked out on the weather. It is a 4 mile (to and from) hike. The trail is very well kept, wide for a very long stretch, then a stretch of sand dune...More

Thank evafrancis
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

This was a 3-3.5 mile round trip hike. Most of the terrain was an easy flat trail. The last portion of the trail is a walk on a sand dune. The ocean views were beautiful and I enjoyed all the informational signs along the trail....More

Thank Kreilynn
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We stopped here on one leg of a California road trip. We arrived early (before 9am) and were the only people there. It is about a 1.5 mile hike to the elephant seals. Most of the hike is on well-maintained paths, but the last section...More

Thank hettyhammonds
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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