Elephant Seals - San Simeon

Do you want to photograph a nature action/adventure drama? Take a day trip to Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery north of San Simeon.

Action, adventure, sex (but no romance), tender moments, playful moments, even gentle peaceful moments-- It's all there for you at one time or another. You will never forget your visit to the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. It's just a few miles north of San Simeon where you will find over 17,000 elephant seals packed like sardines all along vast stretches of beaches. You'll not only see them, but you'll hear all sorts of unique sounds: grunts, snorts and even a strange bell sound.

Different natural events occur during different seasons. For the most action, visit from October through March.

You cannot walk amongst the elephant seals, but you can get close up and personal to them with your telephoto lens. Or get a wide shot of the masses.

Here's an idea! Take a video with with audio. You'll never again complain about the sound of your spouse's flatulence.

Click the website link for great information on elephant seals and what you can expect during your visit to Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery. Be sure to watch the short video on that website. It's extremely informative.

  • 160 miles southwest of Fresno
  • 4 miles north of San Simeon on Highway 1
  • Best time to go: October through March
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Plenty of parking off highway
  • Little or no walking

Photo Tips

Take a wide angle lens, or a versatile wide to zoom lens. To get amazing shots, take your longest telephoto lens. A tripod is recommended, but not a must.

Elephant Seals - San Simeon