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

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse

Built in the 1870s, the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse is still in operation today, having undergone major restoration beginning in 2010 to help bring it back to its original glory. This work continues today.

Light Station Tours and Special Events

Guided tours of the Piedras Blancas Light Station and special events are open to the public and are offered throughout the year.

Directions from Hearst Castle

Piedras Blancas Light Station is located approximately six miles north of Hearst Castle, just off California Highway 1 in San Simeon, CA. Tours depart from the former Piedras Blancas Motel, which is 1.5 miles north of the Lighthouse, and about 7.5 miles from Hearst Castle.