Experience Elephant Seals (2019)

Fee: Free.

Location: LAT/LONG: 37.997440, -122.982250

Elephant Seal Overlook near Chimney Rock

Repeating Event


Every week on Sunday and Saturday


December 29, 2018 to March 31, 2019


9:00 AM


8 hours


Weekends and federal holidays, February 2, 2019, through March 31, 2019. Volunteer docents will be stationed in the parking lot and pathways adjacent to the beach at Drakes Beach from 9 am to 5 pm. Visitors will be able to view an elephant seal colony through park-provided binoculars and scopes. Ask the volunteer docents about the amazing adaptations and life cycles of northern elephant seals.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The shuttle bus system has been cancelled for winter 2018–2019.
Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Chimney Rock Road are open to privately owned vehicles from 6 am to midnight, seven days a week.
From 1998 to 2018, due to the high volume of traffic out to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas during the elephant seal pupping and mating season, the park has operated a shuttle bus system from the Drakes Beach parking lot (usually from New Year's to Easter each year on weekends and holidays—weather permitting). Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from South Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas was closed during shuttle operating hours.

Reservation or Registration: Yes

Contact Information

Bear Valley Visitor Center
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