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Año Nuevo State Park is home to the largest mainland population of northern elephant seals in the world. During the breading season (December - March) you can visit this sight to see this wildlife in person, however, a visitor's permit is required to access that part of the preserve. Permits are issued between 8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. at the park entrance. Guided walks are also available during breeding season, although reservations are encouraged for these tours as space is limited (call 650-879-2025).
There is also a great wheelchair accessible trail here and a spectacular beach (see below for more information).
See 10,000-pound elephant seals in their natural habitat. Also keep an eye out for migrating whales, sea lions, harbor seals, coyote, wildflowers and the endemic San Francisco garter snake.
Just north of Año Nuevo State Park lies the 6,391-acre Cloverdale Coastal Ranch. In 1997, POST protected this ranch which, at that time, was the biggest undeveloped and unprotected property on the San Mateo Coast. We’ve since transferred 900 acres of the ranch to adjacent Butano State Park and continue to work protect open space, farms and create recreational opportunities along the coastside.