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


Enjoy a private guided tour.  This private tour can accommodate up to 6 people for a maximum of 4 hours.  This tour may access any of the areas of the estate available to the public on the other tours.  Private tours are offered during our normal daytime tour operation; however there is limited availability during some time periods. Visitors provide their own transportation from the Hearst Castle Visitor Center to the hilltop estate and return.  The driver must present a valid driver’s license on arrival.  RVs, buses, and motorcycles are not permitted.  Only bottled water may be brought on tour.

Please call the Special Events Office at Hearst Castle at (805) 927-2065 to arrange for this unique and personalized tour experience of Hearst Castle.

A minimum of one week’s notice is required to book private tours, and these tours can be reserved up to one month in advance. The cost for a private tour is $750 paid at the time of booking. MasterCard, Visa, and Discover cards are accepted. Subject to availability, changes in tour date or time can be made for a service fee of $8.00. Reservations cancelled at least 72-hours in advance will be assessed a $14.00 service fee. There is no refund for cancellations of less than 72-hours notice.

Physical Requirements

This tour is up to 4 hours in length and the number of stairs depends on your customized route.  For those who have difficulty walking or standing for lengths of time, we recommend Accessibly Designed Tours.