COVID-19 Response

Following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and local public health authorities, we are increasing public access and services in a phased approach at Hearst Castle®/Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument®. Before visiting, please review the COVID-19/FAQ tab on the home page. There you will find information and frequently asked questions regarding your trip to Hearst Castle. Updates about the overall Department of Parks and Recreation response to COVID-19, including safety information, are posted on For more information from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department click

Hearst Castle tours and the Visitor Center is currently closed. When we reopen, advanced reservations will be required to visit Hearst Castle and/or the Visitor Center

Personal Photography

Photography for personal enjoyment is encouraged. However, due to operational impacts, photography related to birthdays, engagements, weddings, graduations, etc. is prohibited.

Tripods are not allowed either inside the buildings or on the grounds, but monopods are in both locations. Flash photography is not allowed inside the buildings, but is throughout the grounds.

Photography for Publication or Broadcast

When Hearst Castle was donated to the State of California to operate, it was accompanied by a gift deed, which restricts its use to educational, interpretive, and philanthropic purposes that benefit Hearst Castle directly.

Photographs taken on site may not be used for commercial purposes.

Advance written permission is required to publish or broadcast any Hearst Castle image in any medium or format.

To submit a proposal of a non-commercial, educational, or interpretive project, please contact the Hearst Castle Press Office at (805) 927-2093 with a detailed description of the scope of the project.

Hearst Castle reserves the right to modify requirements without prior notification.