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Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Contact Information

(650) 726-8819

Park Hours

Day-use Area 8:00am to Sunset

Driving Directions to Gray Whale Cove SB

On the San Mateo Coast, north of Montara on Highway One. The only available automobile parking is on the east side of Highway 1. Crossing to the ocean side of the highway can be both difficult and dangerous.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

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Upcoming Park Events

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Seeking Volunteers for San Mateo Coast State Parks

Applications now being accepted!

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you feel a strong sense of giving to the community, promoting conservation and stewardship, and sharing knowledge with others? Than join our volunteer team ! You can lead tours, run school group programs, operate the visitor centers, lead whale-watching programs, help with special events, work on preservation and maintenance projects, help with native plant restoration, participate in citizen science research projects, maintain trails and much more.

California State Parks is seeking enthusiastic new volunteers interested in helping parks in the San Mateo Coast Sector. Recruiting is currently occurring at Pigeon Point Light Station Historic Park, Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Burleigh Murray Ranch and McNee Ranch Montara State Beach.  Volunteers may choose to help in one or more of the parks.  The sector also has a special need for highly trained volunteers to present programs for school groups in the parks and at the local schools on weekdays.

New volunteers will participate in a series of training sessions scheduled for Saturdays. The first training session of the series will begin on Saturday, February 20 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Half Moon Bay State Beach Ranger Station located at 95 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. If you are interested in volunteering primarily at Montara, Half Moon Bay and Pescadero State Beaches, please register for training with Nelle or Angie at (650) 726-8804, voice mailbox 7#, or e-mail HMBParksVolunteer@Parks.ca.gov.  If you are interested in volunteering primarily at, Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, please register for training with Julie Barrow at Volunteers.PigeonPoint@parks.ca.gov or call (650) 879-2120 and leave a message.

Visiting Gray Whale Cove

The beach (a.k.a. Devil's Slide) features a sheltered cove surrounded by cliffs that drop abruptly into the Pacific Ocean. A steep trail leads down to the beach. There is a small picnic area on the bluff above.  Gray whales can often be seen close to the shore.

Sunbathing is the most popular activity between mid-April and mid-May.

Location/Directions
On the San Mateo Coast, north of Montara on U.S. Highway 1. The only available automobile parking is on the east side of the highway. Crossing to the ocean side of the highway can be both difficult and dangerous.

Seasons/Climate - Recommended Clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Facilities/Activities
Dogs are prohibited at all times. 
Where Can I Take My Dog.pdf

Please, NO beach fires are allowed.

Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.  Fireworks are prohibited.


Available Activities and Facilities at Gray Whale Cove State Beach

BOATING
Boating
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Fishing
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms