Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent.

The park offers guided walks lead by volunteer docent naturalist to see the northern elephant seals in their natural habitat inside the Año Nuevo Coast Natural Preserve. Año Nuevo docents go through extensive training and are highly knowledgeable in the natural and cultural history of the park. Elephant seal acivities and population counts can vary widely throught the guided walk season.

General Information

When: Guided walks begin December 15 and continue every day until March 31 with exceptions on December 25 (Christmas) and the last weekend in January for an annual fundraising event, Seal Adventure.

Who: During the guided walk season, walks are offered daily for families, individuals, or groups. Children age 17 and under require one adult chaperone for each 10 children. Each walk has a capacity of 20 people, including chaperones.

Length: The trail to see the elephant seals includes a 3-4 mile hike and is considered moderate with varied terrain including sand dunes.

Time Needed: Guided walks run 2.5 hours from start to finish and operate daily from early morning to mid-afternoon, rain or shine.

Price: $7.00 + $3.99 reservation fee for public walks. Children age 4 and under are free.

How: Online reservations are recommended, espeically weekends and holidays.

Guided Walk Reservations

To make reservations for the Elephant Seal Guided Walks visit ReserveCalifornia or call 1-800-444-4445. International Reservations 518-218-5078

Reservations go on sale Oct 20 for the following winter. Tickets are then released 56 days ahead of the ticket date.

Call Center Hours: Daily 8am – 6pm.

ReserveCalifornia is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. All times are Pacific Standard Time.

There are no ticket refunds or exchanges for cancellations, no shows, weather, or late arrivals. Refunds are issued only when the park staff must cancel a walk. As much notice as possible wil be given in the event of a cancellation.

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