There is a long standing debate about whether to publicize them and risk having the privacy and
quality of life for these amazing animals be deteriorated or to keep mum about them and risk
humans and dogs wandering into their home and possibly doing a great deal of damage. We think
visitors will respect the seals - especially if they know that they know that there is a perfectly
safe and wonderful way to watch the seals in their natural habitat.
You can visit the Preserve via the bluffs above the rookery rather than via the beach. The seals
are fascinating to watch as they move in and out of the water, bask in the sun, argue amongst
themselves and dive for fish. There will usually be a member of Seal Watch, a volunteer organization
whose members monitor both seal and human activity.
Directions: The easiest thing to do is take the 101 to the Bailard Avenue exit. Turn towards the
ocean and go into the Bluffs parking lot. From here you can follow the footpath that leads to down
to the bluff, over the railroad tracks then along the bluff top to the seal rookery overlook.
It is about a half a mile walk.
You can also walk all the way to the seal rookery from Solimar Sands. This beautiful walk is less than
two miles (one-way). Start out along the beach and then cut in at the State Park so that you're walking
along the tops of the bluffs (be sure to stay on the trail, the cliff edge is dangerous). Cross the Venoco
parking lot and follow the short footpath to the seal rookery overlook.