Join us to see the elephant seals of Ano Nuevo.
"..Perhaps the most compelling attraction for human visitors to Año Nuevo State Reserve is the large colony of northern elephant seals that assembles here each winter. So named because of their large size and long pendulous noses on the males, these large animals spend most of their lives at sea, coming ashore only to molt, to give birth, and to mate. Males battle for mates on the beaches. Females give birth to their pups on the dunes. Prime seal pup birth months are January/February..." www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1115
This is a strenuous 3-mile hike over sand dunes. The hike is guided by a docent.
Tickets: The guided walk takes place rain or shine. Children under 3 are free. First come. First Serve. Limited Tickets. No ticket exchanges or refunds for cancellations, no shows or late arrivals.
What to Bring: Winter weather is extremely unpredictable. Be prepared for windy, rainy conditions, as well as muddy trails. Wear a warm jacket, layered clothing, and sturdy shoes. Rain gear is strongly advised. (The more inclement the weather, the more active the animals are!)
Bring only bottled water for drinking on the trail. You may bring a snack/ lunch for before or after the walk.
OK to bring cameras or binoculars. No pets, or umbrellas.
Location: Ano Nuevo State Park, 1 New Year's Creek Road, Pescadero, CA 94060, (650) 879.2025. The park is located 20 miles north of Santa Cruz; 35 miles south of Half Moon Bay off of U.S. Route 1. It is a 1.5 hour drive south of San Francisco. Allow extra time during rainy weather. (Landmark: 6.7 miles south of Pigeon Point Lighthouse.) Meeting point: picnic tables adjacent to white farmhouse, a short trail hike from parking lot.
Meal: Meet and make merry! Optional meal after event at Duarte's Tavern. Please pre-register!!!
Duartes Tavern, 202 Stage Road, Pescadero, CA 94060. (650) 879.0464. www.duartestavern.com. Restaurant is approximately 12 miles north of Ano Nuevo.
If interested in meal, please register for separate meal ticket to assist us with headcount.
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