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Tule Elk Preserve

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Very peaceful

On the hill, just above the last historic ranch, the elk were scattered everywhere! What a... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2018
Loved the elk...

Not far from the roadside saw a herd with a well-antlered leader and got up close to watch.Loved... read more

Reviewed October 6, 2018
Judy M
Redondo Beach, California
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12320 Shoreline Highway, Tomales Bay Trailhead, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA 94956
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All reviews tomales point tomales bay the reserve beautiful animals point reyes great hike historic ranch stunning place turn around beautiful area the pacific ocean bring binoculars drake's beach sea birds miles round trip herd harem
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Reviewed January 1, 2019

Cool to see elk but the view of the cliffs out to the Pacific Ocean is magnificent. Worth the drive, it is about 60 minutes from Petaluma, CA

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

On the hill, just above the last historic ranch, the elk were scattered everywhere! What a beautiful experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Qwiss
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Not far from the roadside saw a herd with a well-antlered leader and got up close to watch.Loved their white back ends and seeing how they moved a group.It was a special experience.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Judy M
Reviewed September 17, 2018

A wonderful time in Point Reyes! The elk in the reserve are in rut and the males have assembled and are protecting their harams. The sound of elk bugling can be heard throughout the reserve

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Albert C
Reviewed August 27, 2018

A long bumpy ride was definitely worth seeing these endangered elk. We only saw them from the road and they were quite a distance from us. Bring binoculars

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank lesH2672UD
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

Family told us to make our way to Point Reyes. They didn’t give us much direction but simply said to go. We gave them a report stating that the elk were the coolest part and their response....what elk ? Please ask the park rangers where...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

Went for a small hike. We saw the tule elk! Beautiful area too! We parked down by an old historic farm, that too was cool!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank barthols2
Reviewed August 21, 2018

The landscapes alone is worth a visit. Seeing the elk herds is such a treat. I read that Muir or a contemporary camped near here and was awoken by thundering herds. There’s not that many today, but soothing site for all ages.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank TravelinSuz
Reviewed August 10, 2018

On the way to Drake's Beach, it was a surprise to see a group of Tule elk in the distance. These animals are huge. I wasn't expecting to see them. What majestic animals. Make sure you have your DSLR with at least a 200mm telephoto...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ranishi
Reviewed August 2, 2018

This was the highlight of our visit to the Point Reyes area - we started our hike early (before 9am) and saw lots of wildlife. Many elk, and even a coyote. Just turn around whenever you're tied of hiking.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Frank D
June 12, 2018|
Response from d0ris234 |
When is the best time Togo to crow the elks
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Sonoma County, CA
Tule Elk Preserve + hiking w/3yr old (2 Replies)
Hi We're planning a day trip to the Point Reyes National Seashore mainly to see the Tule Elk. I was wondering if anyone knew if they are there year round and what time of the day we should go for the best chance of seeing them. Also, can anyone recommend some easy hikes that a 3 yr old can do? My 10 yr old would really like the Earthquake Trail, but is it easy enough for a 3 yr old? Thanks!
March 15, 2006|
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fastidious traveler - We actually went this past weekend - the weather was beautiful!! We did the Earthquake Trail and my 3 yr old did okay on it, but she did start slowing down 3/4 into and asked to be carried the rest of the way :) Next time we'll try that trail to the meadow. It might be more interesting for her. Also, we did see some elk at Pierce Point exactly where you said and got to see some very close to the road just south of the ranch. It was the end of the day so we didn't take...More