Elephant Seals

Piedras Blancas Rookery
San Simeon, California

10Miles from Cambria

250 San Simeon Ave, Ste. 3B
San Simeon, CA
Map & Directions

Map & Directions to Elephant Seal Rookery

Elephant Seals have been inhabiting the coast of Highway 1 for years, and they continue to be a famous stop while visitors are in the Cambria area. Friends of the Elephant Seal even have a live cam you can watch to see the beasts lumbering out on the sand (and they usually are).

These ocean going mammals spend eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1,000 to 5,000 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to their land based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting and rest. The Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1 seven miles north of San Simeon on the California Central Coast, is home to about 17,000 animals. The area is open for viewing every day of the year and there is no admission fee or reservation required.

Friends of the Elephant Seal was formed in November 1997. The goal of this dedicated group of volunteers is education. Docents are at the viewpoint to answer questions and help visitors get the most from their viewing experience. Public safety and respect for the seals are prime considerations.

Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.