Cayucos Estero Bluffs

November 2nd, 2015

One of the most popular questions that we receive from our guests is about trails and nature adventures in the area. We are very fortunate to live in Cayucos where there are many trails and areas to explore. One of our favorite trails is the Cayucos Estero Bluffs State Park.

There are several trailheads for Estero Bluffs; the first is located right off North Ocean, about ten feet before intersecting Highway 1. Heading North on Highway 1, there are three more areas where you can park and find a trailhead.

Some things to know about Estero Bluffs

-Hours are from 6am to sunset

-The park has no restrooms or water.

-Horses and bicycles are not permitted

-Camping and ground fires are prohibited

-Dogs are allowed on leash down coast, south of San Geronimo Creek.

-All natural and cultural park features are protected by law and must not be disturbed in any way

-5 miles of Coastline trails and 9.1 miles of trails

-Stay on trails to avoid poison oak and ticks that may carry Lyme disease.

-This undeveloped park currently has no wheelchair access. However, accessibility is continually improving. For updates, visit California State Parks

The park offers access to secluded beaches where you can find some of the best tide pools in the area. From December through March, visitors can view migrating whales from the bluffs. Other activities Estero Bluffs offers is kayaking, surfing, observing the sea and shorebirds, and studying the tide pool life.

The restored Aeromotor windmill near San Geronimo Creek is a relic of the land's previous dairy days. The land is protected by Cayucos Land Conservancy to preserve the open space.

Some species that can be found while walking the bluffs are

-Western Snowy Plover

-California Red-Legged Frog

-Red-Tailed Hawk

-Sea Otters

-Cottontail Rabbits

-Mule Deer


-California King Snakes


-Pacific Tree Frogs


-7 different Butterfly species

-4 Damsfly and Dragonfly species

For more information on the history and preservation of Estero Beach State park please visit Central Coast State Parks Association

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