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

From camping to seaside strolls along the beach, and wildlife watching, there’s an activity for every member of the family—all located just minutes from Hearst’s Enchanted Hill.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Covering 350 miles of California coastline, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the largest marine sanctuary in the U.S. Visit the Sanctuary’s nearby Coastal Discovery Center for fun interactive exhibits and programs that highlight the area’s cultural and natural history.
Discover the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary »

San Luis Obispo State Parks

Hiking, biking and camping are just part of the San Luis Obispo District of State Parks experience. Find your ideal San Simeon outdoor excursion here.
Learn more about San Luis Obispo District »

Elephant Seals

Head just a few miles north of Hearst Castle to meet some of the Central Coast’s most famous residents: the 17,000 elephant seals that migrate to the Piedras Blancas Rookery every year. A can’t-miss sight when visiting the area.
Visit the elephant seals »

Piedras Blancas Light Station

Take a tour of San Simeon’s towering 70 foot Piedras Blancas Light Station built in 1874.
Tour the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse »


Carved naturally by the Pacific Ocean, the beaches in San Simeon are among the most beautiful in California. Take a sandy walk, build a sandcastle, or venture out into the waters for an unforgettable beach experience.
Enjoy San Simeon’s beaches »