California Coastal Trail

Moonstone Beach: Where Elephant Seals Roam

It's not every day you get to witness 5,000-pound elephant seals charge each other in a rumbling sprint across the sand. "You've never seen anything like it," raves Lisa Remington, Supervising Ranger for California State Parks. Just adjacent to the town of Cambria, the California Coastal Trail leads visitors to this world-renowned elephant seal rookery on Moonstone Beach. Up to 25,000 elephant seals congregate on this stretch of coast, and pregnant females give birth to pups right on the sand. With its exhilarating rookery and expansive boardwalk, Moonstone Beach serves an inimitable slice of the Central Coast experience.

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