It’s “Mating & Birthing” Season at Ano Nuevo State Reserve – the largest mainland breeding colony of Elephant Seals – and the best time of year to take an Elephant Seal Guided Tour. NOTE: Unlike San Francisco’s Pier 39 Sea Lions, these Elephant Seals can weigh between 3,000-5,000 pounds each.
Special Guided Walks are available now (during “Breeding Season,” early December thru’ March, peaking by mid-February). Fun for kids and adults alike!
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) in Northern California. 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.”
Elephant Seals can also be found in San Simeon, California.