State Park Tours

Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds Tours

Ranger Led TourTake a group tour with State Parks! These park led tours provide a wealth of knowledge about this coastal refuge and you will walk away with a new perspective or a renewed appreciation of Asilomar's natural and cultural history. Tours are free of charge, last about 45 minutes, and are by request only. Group size is limited to 20 people. All tours begin at the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall (Registration Building).  Tours are subject to staff availability - please check with the front desk to learn about the currently offered public tours.

Tour Topics:
Asilomar Ramble
- Our most popular tour, the Ramble is an overview of the beginnings of Asilomar, Julia Morgan Architecture, and Natural Forest and Dune Preserve information. Easy walk over paths and roadways covering the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds and the Dunes Boardwalk.
NOTE: this tour is currently being offered every Friday and Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Please call ahead to confirm schedule: 831.646.6443 or visit the Events page link on the upper Right Menu. 

The Architecture of Julia Morgan - Learn about Julia Morgan and her Arts and Crafts architectural vision for Asilomar. Tour will stop at several Julia Morgan buildings; entry for some buildings is dependent on conference/lodging use. Easy walk over paved paths and roadways in the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds. 

The Natural Dune Preserve of Asilomar State Beach - The plants and wildlife of Asilomar's dunes are flourishing thanks to State Parks' comprehensive Dunes restoration project begun in 1984. Hear how the fragile balance of the dunes ecosystem was restored as you stroll along the boardwalk that was built as part of this successful restoration and protection effort. Easy 1/4 mile walk over maintained boardwalk.

Nature's Forest - Learn about Asilomar's unique Monterey pine forest ecology and the trees' struggle to survive the stresses of logging, cattle grazing, residential construction and population growth. See the ways in which California State Park staff is using a multi-layered approach to preserve and restore Asilomar's native Monterey pine forest. Catch glimpses of the small animals and birds and native plants which call the forest "home". Easy 3/4 mile walk over paved paths and roadways throughout the conference grounds.

School Group Programs
Educators are encouraged to call in advance (831) 646-6443 to have state park staff provide a tour  to match your class' curriculum and study needs.

Self-Guided Tour Opportunities
Discover our Self-Guided Tours