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

Hearst Castle and the California State Parks are enriched by the many skills and interests that our magnanimous volunteers bring to the parks. Become part of history and Hearst Castle’s future—volunteer your time today.

Hearst Castle Visitor Center Docents

Become a docent at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center to help provide valuable information to park visitors, plus assist in helping guests find their way around Hearst Castle, the Visitor Center and the surrounding area.

Please refer to the Hearst Castle Visitor Center Docent Duty Statement or call (805) 927- 2124 for more information about becoming a Hearst Castle Visitor Center Docent.

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Download Volunteer Application (PDF) »

Grounds Gardening Docents Program

Use your love of gardening to participate in the restoration, preservation, and daily maintenance of the formal gardens of La Cuesta Encantada as a volunteer for the Docent program for the Grounds Department at Hearst Castle.

Please refer to the Hearst Castle Grounds (Gardening) Docent Duty Statement or call (805) 927-2090 or email for more information.

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Download Volunteer Application (PDF) »

Living History Program

Bring Hearst Castle to life during spring and fall Evening Tours by becoming a volunteer with Living History Program. In this program, you will dress in 1930s attire to help recreate the time period, then lounge by the Neptune Pool, deal a hand of poker in the Assembly Room, or hurry about as a chef in the Kitchen to help recreate Castle life as it was in W. R. Hearst’s days.

Please refer to the Living History Docent Duty Statement or call (805) 927-2087 or email  for more information.

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Download Volunteer Application (PDF) »

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer programs at Hearst Castle are part of the Volunteer in Parks Program (VIPP). Please visit the California State Parks website for more information on VIPP, plus additional volunteering opportunities with the California State Parks and San Luis Obispo Coast District.

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Download Volunteer Application (PDF) »