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

When Hearst Castle was donated to the State of California, it was accompanied by a gift deed that restricts its use to educational, interpretive, and philanthropic purposes that benefit Hearst Castle directly. The majority of the events held at Hearst Castle are fundraisers for the benefit of the monument that are put on by our cooperating association and other fundraising organizations. Private events like weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries or retirement celebrations are allowed as long as they meet very specific requirements and when not in conflict with our regularly scheduled tour program.

Special Events include all activities beyond the normal scope of a park visitor use such as reservation of areas or facilities, conducting business both for profit and non-profit on park property, activities that could impact public access or enjoyment and requests for exemption from general park rules and regulations. Permit applications may be submitted no sooner than one calendar year from the date of the event; however for scheduling purposes all events need to be requested at least 16 weeks in advance. Photography/film permits are coordinated under a separate process but may be required as part of a special event permit.

Hearst Castle is closed to the public due to covid-19 restrictions and all events are on hold until further notice.

Please consult the below workbook for more information regarding events at Hearst Castle. For questions, you may contact the on-site event coordinator at

Download Special Event Workbook