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Elephant Seal Rookery

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Always something new

Always something new to see as this is a mating/testing/birthing spot. Have been several times and... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2018
Placerville, California
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a must see stop!

These guys are big and loud! but you should stop and see them. a great story of population... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
Harrison, Arkansas
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

This location may be a bit over rated, there are others along the coast that offer much more. Keep driving and explore other offerings.

1  Thank Reed W
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Plenty of parking and a nice long wood walkway. I was pleased that we were so close to the seals. Late September may not have been the most interesting time to go but there were plenty of seals and plenty of activity.

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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Always something new to see as this is a mating/testing/birthing spot. Have been several times and we always enjoy seeing what is happening.

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Reviewed 22 September 2018

These guys are big and loud! but you should stop and see them. a great story of population recovering in this area.

1  Thank landusd
Reviewed 15 September 2018

After touring Hearst Castle our Caravan tour drove a few miles north to ESR.  There were at least 80 sunning themselves on the sand. A couple of beach masters were huge, watched one slowly drag himself out of the ocean onto the shore.  The 'Friends...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Take the time and stop off the highway to view these guys doing their thing. Although not necessarily to much happening, it is great to view these animals in their habitat, mind you safely from the viewing platforms.

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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Great to see these creatures the males are huge and lazy! A bit smelly but you will not stay here for hours. Great stop when your traveling the 1

1  Thank Daan v
Reviewed 11 September 2018

We've been there twice and each time this place didn't disappoint us. In springtime, the beach is packed with elephant seals, while in late summer fighting males can be seen. Each time it's an interesting experience.

1  Thank Weronika_R0
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth the stop. They were so entertaining the day we were there. We had been to several different areas on the coast and seen elephant seals, but these seemed to be so much more active.

1  Thank Vickie H
Reviewed 11 September 2018

It all depends on the time of year and the day to how many Elephant seals and sea lions you will see sleeping on the sand. First time we went, we saw loads, this time about 20. Don't expect much but worth a stop of...More

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28 September 2018|
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Response from robbiei468 | Reviewed this property |
As in above, you can't miss it. Have a great time.
2 August 2018|
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Response from landusd | Reviewed this property |
It is a long way between the two... At more than a 4 hour drive. We were at Yosemite and drove to San Francisco , then down the coast to San Simeon. That was 2 days of driving / sightseeing.
25 February 2018|
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Response from grocks63 | Reviewed this property |
Certainly not. I don't know if it's 24/7, but it's open all day.