Best known for its northern elephant seal rookery, this interesting unit of the state park system has extremely varied natural features as well as human history that will fascinate all visitors. The State of California purchased Año Nuevo Island and a strip of adjacent mainland in l958 to create the reserve, which now has been expanded to include over 4000 acres of coastal mountains, bluffs, dunes, and beaches. The section of the reserve where the elephant seals breed is restricted to public access by guided tours (from December 1 to March 31)or by permit (from April 1 to November 30).Park rangers and docents are in the reserve to assist visitors in the restricted area. No access is allowed to Año Nuevo Island. This trail guide includes the following trails: Five Walks to Ano Nuevo Beaches, Whitehouse Ridge Trail.
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