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Asilomar State Beach

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(831) 646-6440

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Driving Directions to Asilomar SB

Asilomar State Beach is adjacent to Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove.
Asilomar Conference Grounds is at 800 Asilomar Avenue in Pacific Grove.
Directions to the Asilomar Conference Grounds: From the North (Santa Cruz):
Take State Highway 1 south towards Monterey.  Exit at Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove.  Follow to Sinex Avenue (approximately 2.4 miles).  Turn left on Sinex Avenue and continue to the Asilomar Conference Grounds entrance (corner of Sinex and Asilomar Avenues approximately 0.8 miles).
Directions to Asilomar State Beach: From the North (Santa Cruz):
Take State Highway 1 south towards Monterey. Exit at Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove. Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove. Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar State Beach.
Directions to the Asilomar Conference Grounds: From the East (Salinas/Highway 101):
Take Highway 68 West from Salinas. Turn south on Highway 1 (aproximately 15 miles). From Highway 1 take 68 West into Pacific Grove and proceed as above.
Directions to the Asilomar Conference Grounds: From the East (Salinas/Highway 101):
Take Highway 68 West from Salinas. Turn south on Highway 1 (approximately 15 miles). From Highway 1 take Highway 68 West into Pacific Grove and proceed as above.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.


Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds

"The waves come in slowly, vast and green, curve their translucent necks, and
burst with a surprising uproar, that runs, waxing and waning, up and down the
long keyboard of the beach ..."
                       
                                                                          --Robert Louis Stevenson

Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds provides park visitors numerous opportunities for beach and coast trail walks, a short boardwalk loop through the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve as well as a variety of overnight room lodging and conference meeting room facilities. From its historic Julia Morgan architecture to the forest, the dunes and coastline, State Park staff takes the lead in protecting and educating park visitors about Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, and monitors the delicate balance between preservation and public access. 

Asilomar YWCA Camp, 1916

Asilomar had its start In 1913 as a young womens' summer camp and conference facility - an outgrowth of the inspired vision of the resourceful, socially-concerned and committed women of the YWCA. The historic buildings were designed and built by renowned California architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928. Asilomar has been owned and operated by State Parks since 1956. For more information about Asilomar's history, architecture
and natural habitats, download our 2014 Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds Visitors Guide: 2014VG_08_lowrez4.pdf

Asilomar State Beach is a narrow, one-mile strip of sandy beach and rocky coves. A ¾ mile coast walking trail is open to pedestrians. The trail is accessible and a beach wheelchair is available upon request at the Registration Desk. Vehicle parking and a bicycle lane is adjacent to the state beach on Sunset Drive.  

Asilomar Coast Trail 

Asilomar State Beach is within the boundary of Asilomar Marine Reserve. All marine resources, animals and features are protected.  No collecting or fishing is allowed - your help is needed to maintain this coastal area as a healthy habitat for future visitors to enjoy! Dogs are permitted on the state beach but must be leashed at all times and be in the immediate control of the handler.
PLEASE NOTE: There are no restrooms or picnicking facilities on the state beach.

Across the street from Asilomar State Beach is Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve, where a landmark stile stands at the gateway to this preserve (and the Conference Grounds). A ¼ mile boardwalk meanders through 25 acres of restored sand dune ecosystem where visitors can discover the native plant greenhouse where more than 450,000 plants, representing 25 species, have been grown and planted in the effort to preserve the dunes and coastal bluffs.

Interior, Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall

The boardwalk also leads park visitors to the heart of the Asilomar Conference Grounds where the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall, Merrill Hall, the Grace Dodge Chapel Auditorium, and the Crocker Dining Hall form the core of the original historic Julia Morgan structures. The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall is a hub for park visitors - plan to spend some time relaxing in front of the impressive rock fireplace, refresh yourself with a cup of coffee from Phoebe's Cafe, shop for a special gift in the Asilomar Gift Shop, or book a stay in one of Asilomar's many guest rooms.

California State Parks contracts with Aramark to operate the Conference Grounds including conference group accommodations, overnight lodging and special events management. See sidebar to the right for contact information for Asilomar State Beach Office, and the Conference Grounds phone number for lodging reservations and special event scheduling.

Asilomar State Beach at Sunset

LOCATION

Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds is adjacent to Sunset Drive, Asilomar Avenue, and Crocker Avenue in the city of Pacific Grove.

Directions to Asilomar from the North (Santa Cruz)
Take State Highway 1 south towards Monterey.  Exit at Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove.  Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove.  Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar Avenue. Turn right and proceed one full block  to the entrance - marked by 2 stone pillars - on your left.

Directions to Asilomar from the East (Salinas/Highway 101)
Take Monterey/Highway 68 West from Salinas.  Turn south on Highway 1 (approximately 15 miles).  From Highway 1 take 68 West to Pacific Grove.  Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove.  Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar Avenue. Turn right and proceed one full block to the entrance - marked by 2 stone pillars - on your left.

2014 - COMMEMORATING 150 YEARS OF CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS!!

 
In 2014, California State Parks will be commemorating 150 years of providing for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California. Today, California State Parks has grown to be one of the largest state park systems in the world, with 280 park units, more than 1,600,00 acres, 14,000 campsites, and visitor attendance of some 70 million visitors per year. For more information on special events taking place throughout California in honor of our 150th anniversary, visit  our website:  http://www.150.parks.ca.gov/

AUGUST 30th 150th Anniversary Event:
Calling Nature Explorers of all Ages! Discover the Wild, the Weird, and the Wonderful at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds on Saturday, August 30th, 12 noon - 4:00

Learn about the Natural Environment of Asilomar State Park at this fun, FREE event with nature-oriented activities for the entire fiamily which include:
MaryLee Sunseri Children's concert; "Make and Take" nature crafts; Asilomar's "Green Thread" Sustainability program; PG Natural History Museum's Monarch Butterfly display; Dunes Hikes with State Parks staff; California's "first ranger" Galen Clark - living history presentation.
BBQ lunch available  from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. $12.00 per person. Register for lunch in advance at www.eventbrite.com. (search Asilomar)
For more information email: asilomar.interp@parks.ca.gov 
Wild, Weird and Wonderful at Asilomar State Beach activity schedule: Aug30FlyerFinal.pdf

The California State Parks/ Monterey District has also produced a 150th Anniversary "Special Status Animal Species" coloring book. A copy of this coloring book can be downloaded below. We hope you and your family will enjoy learning about these "Special Status" animals that live in the state parks that make up the Monterey District.
CSPColoringBookMtyDistrict.pdf