COVID-19 Updates for San Simeon Travelers
San Simeon is excited to welcome visitors back to our coastal getaway. With COVID-19 conditions improving statewide, public health officials lifted the Stay at Home Order and all counties have returned to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. San Luis Obispo County is currently in the Orange Tier. Please continue to do your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face mask, maintaining distance from others and frequently washing your hands. When you are ready to travel, San Simeon is eager to welcome you back.
Hearst Castle State Park Remains Closed
The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is a top priority. California State Parks, in support of San Luis Obispo County public health officials to contain the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), is taking precautionary measures at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument (Hearst Castle) and will close effective immediately. All planned tours have been suspended and full refunds will be given. Hearst Castle’s visitor center, including food service and gift shop, and theater will also close to the public. Tour reservation holders have been contacted via email for refunds. We thank you for your patience, trust and continued support. We’d also like to thank our volunteers and staff for their commitment and dedication as public servants through these challenging circumstances. For the most up-to-date Hearst Castle information, please continue to follow us on Facebook.
Piedras Blancas Light Station Reopens for Self-Guided Tours
Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery is Open
While docents from Friends of the Elephant Seal are not at the Piedras Blancas Rookery during this time, the rookery remains open to the public for safe, physically distanced viewing.
Friends of the Elephant Seal Gift Shop is Open
The Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop is open to the public Thursday through Monday, 10AM - 2PM (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Social distancing and masks are required, hand sanitizer and contactless checkout provided.
Hearst San Simeon Campgrounds are Open
With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. Additionally, group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open. For more information, please visit the California State Parks website.
San Simeon Chamber Visitors Center Closure
The San Simeon Chamber Visitors Center will be closed until further notice. We understand that this is a very important time for visitors to obtain timely and accurate information and take this action seriously. We must also be supportive of the National effort to avoid close interactions and ensure the safety and health of the numerous volunteers who graciously donate their time and effort for the visitors to our area. Thank you for your continued efforts and the time you devote to serving the needs of our communities' visitors. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future and until then ask that you respect the social distancing directions and stay healthy and well.
Coastal Discovery Center Closure
As a precautionary measure, the Coastal Discovery Center is currently closed to the public. For additional information and updates, please visit Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary website.
Eroica California Postponed to 2022
Eroica California has been postponed to 2022 to protect the participants, visitors and locals of Cambria, Cayucos and San Simeon against the risk of a resurgence of the pandemic. For more info, please visit Eroica's website.
California State Parks Announces Steps to Reduce Crowds at State Parks to Help Slow Down the Spread of Coronavirus
As the State of California continues to issue guidance on preparing and protecting Californians from COVID-19, California State Parks is monitoring the situation and implementing safety measures to prevent employees, volunteers, partners and the public from exposure to the pandemic disease. Visit the State Parks Resource Center for updates.