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Public Seal Walk

Nature Tour
2 hr. 30 min.


Walks last about 2.5 hours, and consist of a moderately strenuous 3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain.

Be prepared for windy, rainy conditions, as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and hooded rain gear are recommended. Bring bottled water for drinking as there is none available during the walk.

Children 3 and under are free, and do not need a ticket.

Children age 17 and under require one adult chaperone for each 10 children.

Ticket Availability


Tour Description

Ano Nuevo State Park is home to a large colony of Northern Elephant Seals. The seals come ashore to give birth and mate from mid December through March. Public Seal Walks operate daily for individuals, families, or groups. To book a tour by phone please call 1-800-444-4445.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Moderate

Important Information

You should arrive at least 15 minutes before your walk time to pick up your tickets. Valid Photo ID is required when picking up your tickets. Pets are not allowed in the Park and cannot be left inside parked vehicles in the parking lot. No kennels are available. Please make provisions for your pets. No smoking or eating is allowed on the walks. Parking fees are collected at the Park; Bus 10 to 24 passengers $50.00; Bus 25 or more passengers $100.00; Auto $10.00; Senior - Auto $9.00.


Equal Access guided walks are available for visitors needing mobility assistance along a wooden boardwalk. Equal Access Walks are offered on Saturdays and Sundays from January through March and walk times are at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Reservations are required. To make a reservation for persons with mobility impairments call the Equal Access voicemail line at 650-879-2033. Your call will be returned within two business days. The price for the walk is $7.00 per person.


Food or beverages are not sold at the Park, and water is not available on the trail. Picnic tables are available for use before, or after guided walks.

Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis.