Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the north via Highway 101 to Paso Robles. Due to the recent mudslides in Santa Barbara County, travelers from the Los Angeles area are advised to use Interstate 5.


There are several wellheads scattered in the Hearst Castle gardens. These are structures that once were placed over a water well. This one is marble and has been fitted as a fountain. Its origin and date are not known. It is Renaissance in style and might be Italian, 16th century. At one time it was in the JP Morgan collection.