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Gazos Creek State Beach
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About

A popular spot for kiteboarding, windsurfing, fishing, beachcombing and birdwatching, Gazos Creek State Beach is located just north of Año Nuevo State Park is right off Highway 1. Often windy, this beach is a perfect short getaway from the scorching valley heat during the summer and offers pristine sunsets during the fall.

The surf at this beach can be unpredictable and beachgoers are encouraged to play in the water with caution and keep an eye out for riptides. During the off season, you can enjoy a refreshing jog on the beach and a handful of nearby hiking trails.

Gazos Creek flows into the ocean and creates a large pool behind the beach which attracts birds — a spectacle for birders and hikers alike!

During a clear sunny day, Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park can be seen to the north of this beach.


Operating Hours

Day-Use Area 8 a.m. to Sunset


Directions

The beach is located on Highway 1 at Gazos Creek Road, south of Pescadero. There are two ways to access the beach: parking areas just north and south of the gas station at Gazos Creek Road and Highway 1. Short trails lead from the parking areas to the beach.


Things to do

Hiking

Hiking on the beach is possible at low tide. Franklin Point is 1.3 miles south and offers great views of beaches and coastline. Atkinson Bluff Trail leads another 1.3 miles south to another sandy beach.

Tidepooling

At low tide, tide pools are visible.

Birding

Look for snowy plovers, gulls and migrating sparrows.


Fees and Passes

Limited parking is available.

Parking is free.


Services

  • Restrooms

History

Gazos Creek is at the borderlands of territories between the Awaswas-speaking Ohlone tribes known as the Cotoni and the Quiroste, both of whom stewarded these lands since time immemorial. Centuries of colonial violence led to their removal and displacement. Today, there are no known survivors from either tribe. Neighboring tribes continue their stewardship and presence here to honor the Cotoni and Quiroste and ensure that they are never forgotten.


Regulations

  • Vehicles, dogs, camping, fires, fishing and collecting are prohibited.
  • Swimming is not advised due to strong rip currents.

More Info

(650) 879-2025

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