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Jul
27
2014

Carmel Bach Festival

Jul. 19-Aug. 2
The Carmel Bach Festival has a 75-year history of artistic excellence and community…more
Jul
27
2014

Feast of Lanterns

Jul. 23-Jul. 27
For over one hundred years the citizens of Pacific Grove have celebrated its…more
Jul
27
2014

Moss Landing Antique Fair

Jul. 27
Moss Landing becomes the antique capital of the world the last Sunday of July.…more
Aug
2
2014

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Aug. 2
The Salinas Valley Half Marathon begins at the historic Soledad Mission, established…more
Aug
11
2014

Monterey Auto Week

Aug. 11-Aug. 17
Classic automobiles take over the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Auto Week and…more
Aug
12
2014

Concours On The Avenue

Aug. 12
Sixth Annual Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours On The Avenue......Carmel's world famous…more
Aug
14
2014

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Aug. 14-Aug. 17
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of Monterey…more
Aug
15
2014

Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally

Aug. 15
The colorful 20th Annual Pacific Grove Concourse Auto Rally will be held on Friday,…more
Aug
16
2014

Concorso Italiano

Aug. 16
A celebration of Italian style, featuring the most spectacular display of Italian…more
Aug
17
2014

Concours d'Elegance

Aug. 17
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unique pre-war and post-war cars,…more
Aug
22
2014

Sand City West End Celebration

Aug. 22-Aug. 24
The streets of Sand City come alive for the West End Celebration! Sand City is…more
Aug
23
2014

First City Festival

Aug. 23-Aug. 24
Experience a weekend of music, food, and fresh ocean air at the site of the iconic…more
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Chauffeured Wine Tour Package

Old Monterey Inn
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Carmel Valley Wine Discovery

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Equestrian Encounter

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Stonepine Estate
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Estate Experience

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Estate Experience

Stonepine Estate
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Equestrian Encounter

Stonepine Estate
Equestrian Encounter 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

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Stonepine Estate
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Estate Experience

Stonepine Estate
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FREE APPETIZER or 1 HR of POOL

Blue Fin Cafe & Billiards
Choose a FREE APP or 1Hr of Pool with any $20 purchase on selected items *Mention…

Enjoy the Wonders of the Wharf VIP Card

Old Fisherman's Wharf Association
The “Enjoy the Wonders of the Wharf VIP Card and Special Offers Campaign includes a…
Apr 16, 2014
- Dec 31, 2014

See Monterey

Carmel Food Tours
Save 10% on each ticket purchased when you use the code MCCVB
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Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing

Elkhorn Slough Reserve

Home to hundreds of species of birds and marine life, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve is the remainder of an ancient river valley. The main channel winds seven miles inland, feeding 2,500 acres of rich marsh and tidal flats. Pelicans, herons and egrets, as well as countless fish, sharks, crabs, sea lions and otters call the slough home. A visitors center offers interpretive displays. Miles of well-maintained trails make this a favorite for hikers.

Elkhorn Slough Reserve Exhibits and Tours

Learn more about Elkhorn Slough Reserve! The visitors center has many interactive exhibits that teach visitors about this delicate and rare ecosystem. Interpretive guides lead nature walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10am and 1pm.

Birding

Elkhorn Slough Natural Estuarine Research Reserve is a clear favorite with birders. With over 346 species of resident and migratory birds at Elkhorn Slough, it's no surprise why. Elkhorn Slough Reserve has rookeries for heron and egrets that become especially active in May. Other species often spotted in Elkhorn Slough are peregrine falcons, brown pelicans and least terns. The Elkhorn Slough Foundation has a thorough list of birds found at Elkhorn Slough.

A blind has been constructed especially for birders around the halfway point on the Five Fingers Loop Trail. This blind is large enough for several people, so bring your birding friends! If you've forgotten your binoculars, the visitors center has several pairs for loan.

Elkhorn Slough Reserve offers an early birding walk at 8:30am on the first Saturday of every month.

Kayaking

Elkhorn Slough's gentle waters and fascinating flora and fauna make it an ideal spot for kayaking. The main water channel is 7 miles long, and many smaller side channels provide opportunities for exploration. Be aware of the tides, however; that small side channel you're paddling on might disappear quickly at low tide! Respect the local wildlife; stay 200 feet from water mammals at all times.

Hiking

Elkhorn Slough Natural Estuarine Reserve is a surprisingly beautiful hiking spot, with easy, largely flat trails that are perfect for an easy walk. With five miles of trails through marshes, woodlands, and alongside tidal creeks, Elkhorn Slough Reserve is a great spot for hiking. When hiking at Elkhorn Slough, please remain on the trails, both for the wildlife's protection and for your own; the brush in the area contains liberal amounts of poison oak.

Hours and Fees

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve trails, restrooms and Visitors Center are available for use on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and the first and third Friday of every month. The day use fee for Elkhorn Slough is $2.50.

Map and Directions

Take Highway 1 to Moss Landing. Turn east on Dolan Road. After 3.5 miles, turn left on Elkhorn Road. The Reserve gate will be on your left in 1.9 miles.


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