Hearst San Simeon State Park
  • Photo by Mike Baird

Hearst San Simeon State Park

Hearst San Simeon State Park is one of the oldest units of the California State Park System. The coastal bluffs of the park offer unobstructed views of the ocean and rocky shore. The park includes the Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve, the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Pa-nu Cultural Preserve, which were established in 1990. Click here to access the State Parks webpage.

The 13.7 acre Pa-nu Cultural Preserve contains the most significant archeological site within San Simeon State Park. The site has been dated to 5,850 years before the present, and it contains significant evidence documenting prehistoric technology, subsistence practices and social organization over the course of several centuries.

Elephant Seal Boardwalk

A unique opportunity to view northern elephant seals is available at the Elephant Seal Boardwalk in Hearst San Simeon State Park. This vantage point provides an ideal location to view these marine mammals from a safe distance.

Located around Point Piedras Blancas, the elephant seal rookery extends along 6 miles of the shoreline. While elephant seals may be seen throughout the year, the largest populations and the most activity are during the months of late January, April and October.

Photos: Mike Baird/Flickr