Elephant Seals in Marin County California's Chimney Rock

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Chimney Rock


Gray whales aren’t the only animal you’ll spot from this Point Reyes location; expect to catch more than a glimpse of elephant seals, harbor seals, and sea lions lounging on the beaches year-round. There are multiple marked ‘lookouts’ for these adorable marine creatures, including the Sea Lion Lookout and Elephant Seal Lookout.

Tip: Elephant seals were absent from this shore for over 150 years, but began returning every year to the Point Reyes Headlands in the early 1970s.

Everyone knows that Marin County is the perfect weekend destination for so many reasons. Along with the eccentric charm of Northern California, Marin’s mild year-round weather and direct access to the Pacific make the county especially irresistible for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Although summer is always a good time to plan your Marin getaway, don’t underestimate the beauty of Marin in winter. In fact, animal lovers of creatures on land and sea should head to the county during the winter months in order to best observe the California Grey Whale, elephant seals, and egrets. Winter wildlife watchers should plan on visiting these three points of interest in Marin County, as they are the best places to see and admire these local creatures.  


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