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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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Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds - a Unit of California State Parks

"Asilomar so Lovely
Down by the Edge of the Sea,
Where the Pine Trees Tall and Stately
And the Sand Dunes call to Me."
      
                                          ---Asilomar Camp Song
                                       
Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds State Park provides visitors numerous opportunities for beach and coast trail walks, a short boardwalk loop through the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve, as well as a chance to stay on-site in 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 State Park visitors about Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, while monitoring 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(Young Women's Christian Association). The historic buildings were designed and built by renowned California architect Julia Morgan between 1913 and 1928. Asilomar has been owned and operated by California State Parks since 1956. View the right-hand sidebar for the Asilomar State Park Office contact information.
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. View the right-hand sidebar for more information on California State Parks policy regarding pets.
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 Asilomar 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. Several boardwalk outlooks provide panoramic views of Asilomar State Beach and the blue Pacific Ocean.

Interior, Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall

The Dunes Boardwalk also leads State 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 concession partner, Aramark, to operate the Asilomar Conference Grounds including conference group accommodations, overnight lodging and special events management. View the right-hand sidebar for the Aramark 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/ 

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