Hearst Castle Closed Due To Emergency Road Repairs

Due to significant storms that caused damage to the roadway leading up to the Historic Monument, Hearst Castle is temporarily closed. California State Parks is dedicated to making sure that all measures are taken to ensure visitor safety. We have activated an emergency contract process to expedite the necessary road repairs. The work is expected to take 6 to 9 months. Once completed, Hearst Castle will welcome back visitors. To learn more, please visit our News/Projects page.

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.