1390 Limantour Spit Road
Point Reyes, CA 94956

See the Elephant Seals

Hunted to the brink of extinction at the turn of the 20th century, the northern elephant seal has made a strong comeback in the past 100 years, thanks in part to both government restrictions on hunting and their own secluded, deep-sea lifestyle.

For just a few months each year, these unique creatures come ashore, returning to various spots along the California coast to compete, mate, and give birth. It’s a powerful ecological pageant that only plays out from mid-December through March/April.

The Point Reyes National Seashore offers a specific overlook near Chimney Rock, above Drakes Bay, where visitors can observe a colony of elephant seals through scopes and binoculars. On weekends from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., docents are on hand at the overlook to answer questions.

A special 30-minute slide program about elephant seals may be offered at the Historic Lifeboat Station, depending on staffing availability. Check at a visitor center for more information.


Point Reyes National Seashore. Meet docents at the Elephant Seal Overlook.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 -
11:00am to 4:30pm
If You Go 

Stay at HI - Point Reyes, the only lodging within the boundaries of the national seashore.