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Año Nuevo State Reserve
— Elephant Seal Habitat

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Elephant Seal Colony
Año Nuevo State Reserve is located west of Highway 1, about 25 miles south of Half Moon Bay (between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz).

The Reserve is the largest mainland breeding colony of Elephant Seals and the only Natural Seal Habitat in North America. Today, over 3,000 Elephant Seals come here annually to "Birth," "Breed" and "Molt."



December-March
Elephant Seal Guided Walks

Special Elephant Seal Guided Walks are available during "Breeding Season" — from early December through March. Advanced tickets are required.

Click here for More Info & Pics of Elephant Seal Guided Walks

April-November
Self-Guided Walks
During the rest of the year (April-November) self-guided walks are free. Hike only in areas designated by ropes and signs.

Ano Nuevo Visitor Permit
Entrance to Ano Nuevo is by Visitor Permit only — all year round. The entrance fee to the Reserve is on a per vehicle basis ($6) and must be paid at the entrance station.



Birds of the Wetlands
— Pond at Ano Nuevo

Bird life at the reserve is extraordinarily varied and interesting during every season. Birds of the Wetlants include: Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Eastern Kingbirds, Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Mallard Ducks, American Coots, Brown Pelicans, Black Phoebes, Yellowthroats, Violet-green Swallows and Marsh Wrens.


Picnic Tables
Food and beverages are not sold at the Reserve, but picnic tables are available for use before or after guided walks.

Elephant Seals vs Sea Lions
Unlike San Francisco's Pier 39 Sea Lions which grow to between 350-1,000 lbs, Elephant Seals can weigh between 3,000-5,000 lbs each and reach up to 16 feet.

According to Wikipedia.com, Male Elephant Seals reach a length of
18 ft (5.5 m) and a weight of 5,000 lbs (2,270 kg), which are much larger than the females that usually measure about 10 ft (3 m) in length.

The largest known Male Elephant Seal measured 30 ft (6.7 m) in length and weighed 7,490 lbs (3400 kg).


Ano Nuevo Hours
650-879-0227 (recorded info)
Open daily 8am-Sunset.
Special hour restrictions for Seal Viewing Area.

Directions To Ano Nuevo
Año Nuevo State Reserve is located west of Highway 1, between the cities of Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz — about 1 1/2 hours south of San Francisco.

Take Hwy 1 (south of Half Moon Bay) for about 25 miles. Turn right at Ano Nuevo State Park entrance.

More info
Ano Nuevo State Park
650-879-0227 (Recorded Info)
800-444-4445
(Reservations)
916-414-8400 ext. 4100
(Intl)

Restaurants / Resorts/ Inns
near Ano Nuevo

Costanoa Resort
Davenport Roadhouse & Inn

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Ano Nuevo State Reserve - Elephant Seal Habitat

Scenic Coastal views from Ano Nuevo State Reserve

Close-up of Wild Elephant Seal at Ano Nuevo State Reserve Beach

Click here to see more photos of Wild Elephant Seals Breeding on the Beach at Ano Nuevo State Reserve

Wild Elephant Seal Colony at Ano Nuevo State Reserve - it's the largest mainland breeding colony of Elephant Seals and the only Natural Seal Habitat in North America

Male Elephant Seal and Bird at Ano Nuevo State Park, California

Walking over Sand Dunes at Ano Nuevo State Reserve during Elephant Seal Guided Tour

Besides the Elephant Seals, "Bird life" is another popular attraction at Ano Nuevo State Reserve

Picnic Tables at Ano Nuevo State Reserve are available for use before or after guided walks

Scenic Coastal views from Ano Nuevo State Reserve

Ano Nuevo State Reserve is located approximately 27 miles south of Half Moon Bay

Picnic Tables at Ano Nuevo State Reserve are available for use before or after guided walks

 

 

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