Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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From the parking lot, a short walking trail takes you to where Gazos Creek flows out into the Pacific Ocean. This moderately sized beach is part of Ano Nuevo State Park and is managed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The south side of this beach is bordered by the creek, where you will find a natural estuary and various waterfowl and seabirds. To the north, mud cliffs face the beach until it terminates into the ocean. Following this cliff face, you can see Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Hostel in the distance. 

There are some beautiful flowers on this beach, which adds to the ambiance of the park. Depending on the time of year, this area along the Pacific Ocean is a great spot to watch the sun set over the ocean. Migrating gray whales and elephant seals are common as well, so don't forget to bring your binoculars.

The only amenity this beach offers is a portable toilet in the parking lot, so it's a good idea to bring your own water and picnic blanket.

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Wildlife viewing.


Few amenities.


Flushing toilets
Bird watching
Whale watching


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