The peak season for elephant seals is December to March, which can bring winter storms and windy conditions. Weather conditions at Piedras Blancas are usually moderate, but weather can change quickly. Flat shoes, a jacket and sunscreen are recommended. It is a good idea to check California Highway 1 road conditions before planning your itinerary.
Viewing areas are open every day. There are no fees or reservations required. No public transportation is available. Click here for directions to the viewing areas. For teachers and school programs, Click here. There are no restrooms at the viewing area so plan accordingly
Please note: use of drones or model aircraft is illegal in the rookery area.
Friends of the Elephant Seal offers a series of Exploratorys - presentations and guided tours of the rookery - every year. Click HERE for the 2017 program.