What: Elephant Seal Viewing
When: Year-round, best times are late January, late April and late October
Reservation Needed: No
Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.
The Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1, seven miles north of San Simeon is the only elephant seal rookery in the world that is easily accessible, free, and open to the public every day of the year. The seals are one of Peter Greenberg's best places for families to witness winter migration. The Northern Elephant Seal migrates thousands of miles twice each year, from the open oceans to a land-based rookery, where it breeds, births, molts, and rests between trips. Piedras Blancas is home to over 24,000 animals that range from 70 lbs. newborn pups to 5,000 lbs. adult males. See these magnificent marine mammals up close on one of the prettiest coastlines in California. Best times are October through May with the big show (birthing and breeding) in January and February. Ensure a safe and pleasant viewing experience for everyone by following NOAA's marine wildlife viewing guidelines.
Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity though Friends of the Elephant Seal
Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.