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  • San Simeon State Parks and San Simeon Camping
    provide for the health inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state s extraordinary biological diversity protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources and creating opportunities for high quality outdoor recreation Hearst Castle is a State Park The California State Parks best is represented not only by Hearst Castle itself but also by their locations around Hearst Castle From W R Hearst Memorial Beach and Hearst San Simeon State Park to the Elephant Seals and San Simeon Campground some of the finest parks and campgrounds in California are located within a short distance from this feature attraction Come and enjoy Hearst Castle and the best that California State Parks have to offer for your next vacation or weekend getaway to the Central Coast San Simeon Creek Campground The San Simeon Creek Campground offers 115 vacation campsites for San Simeon camping with tents or recreational vehicles The maximum length for an RV is 35 feet Facilities at San Simeon Creek Campground include a fire ring and picnic table at each campsite Chemical toilets are available Pay phones are provided for campers convenience Firewood is also available for sale from the campground host Recreational activities include picnicking hiking fishing surfing beachcombing bird watching and whale watching The Junior Ranger Program is an educational program for children usually scheduled during the summer months Interpretive walks of the San Simeon Trail may also be available Information regarding the locations and scheduled time of interpretive programs is available by calling Hearst San Simeon State Park at 805 927 2035 Washburn Campground Camping The Washburn primitive campground is also accessed through the San Simeon Creek Campground entrance station Both the San Simeon Creek Campground and the Washburn Campground are part of the San Simeon Campground complex This campground is

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  • Elephant Seals at San Simeon CA Piedras Blancas Rookery
    Facts and Stats Recommended Resources Hearst Castle Theater Shop Gift Shops at Hearst Castle Contact Volunteer Programs Photo Film Guidelines Hearst Castle Weddings and Events Hearst Castle Employment Friends of Hearst Castle News Menu Reserve your tickets Plan Your Visit News Updates Search for Tuesday February 9 2016 Tweet Map Directions Directions from Los Angeles Directions from San Francisco Transportation Dining at the Visitor Center About San Simeon Places to Stay Area Attractions Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary San Luis Obispo State Parks Elephant Seals Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Beaches Christmas at Hearst Castle Download the Hearst Castle App Get Directions Hours Rates Summer Open Daily 9 00 a m Fall Open Daily 9 00 a m Thanksgiving Day Closed Winter Open Daily 9 00 a m Christmas Day Closed New Year s Day Closed Spring Open Daily 9 00 a m Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children Ages 5 12 Under 5 free Buy Tickets San Simeon Elephant Seals Watch these amazing marine mammals live and play in their natural habitat In 1990 just under two dozen elephant seals were seen on the beach just south of the Piedras Blancas lighthouse Then their migration pattern began to extend decisively The next spring more than 400 seals were counted After that the population continued to grow every year Now about 17 000 elephant seals call this beach their home While seals can usually be seen at the beach all year long the best times to visit are during late January April and October Viewing is open to the public free of charge from the Elephant Seal Boardwalk It is an ideal location from which to view the seals from a safe distance and docents are on site to answer questions To learn about the seals before you go visit

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  • San Simeon Piedras Blancas Light Station History and Tours
    Restoration Preservation Archival Information Facts and Stats Recommended Resources Hearst Castle Theater Shop Gift Shops at Hearst Castle Contact Volunteer Programs Photo Film Guidelines Hearst Castle Weddings and Events Hearst Castle Employment Friends of Hearst Castle News Menu Reserve your tickets Plan Your Visit News Updates Search for Tuesday February 9 2016 Tweet Map Directions Directions from Los Angeles Directions from San Francisco Transportation Dining at the Visitor Center About San Simeon Places to Stay Area Attractions Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary San Luis Obispo State Parks Elephant Seals Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Beaches Christmas at Hearst Castle Download the Hearst Castle App Get Directions Hours Rates Summer Open Daily 9 00 a m Fall Open Daily 9 00 a m Thanksgiving Day Closed Winter Open Daily 9 00 a m Christmas Day Closed New Year s Day Closed Spring Open Daily 9 00 a m Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children Ages 5 12 Under 5 free Buy Tickets Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Take a tour through this historic Pacific Coast attraction Built in the 1870s the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse tower is still in operation today having undergone major restoration in early 2012 to help bring it back to

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  • Beaches near Hearst Castle in San Simeon CA
    Programs Hearst Castle Gardens Hearst Castle Gardens Preservation Historic People Guests of the Castle Art Restoration Preservation Archival Information Facts and Stats Recommended Resources Hearst Castle Theater Shop Gift Shops at Hearst Castle Contact Volunteer Programs Photo Film Guidelines Hearst Castle Weddings and Events Hearst Castle Employment Friends of Hearst Castle News Menu Reserve your tickets Plan Your Visit News Updates Search for Tuesday February 9 2016 Tweet Map Directions Directions from Los Angeles Directions from San Francisco Transportation Dining at the Visitor Center About San Simeon Places to Stay Area Attractions Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary San Luis Obispo State Parks Elephant Seals Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Beaches Christmas at Hearst Castle Download the Hearst Castle App Get Directions Hours Rates Summer Open Daily 9 00 a m Fall Open Daily 9 00 a m Thanksgiving Day Closed Winter Open Daily 9 00 a m Christmas Day Closed New Year s Day Closed Spring Open Daily 9 00 a m Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children Ages 5 12 Under 5 free Buy Tickets Beaches Near Hearst Castle Enjoy crashing waves rolling surf sandy beaches and California sunshine After admiring the vast San Simeon coastline from Hearst Castle head back down the hill and out to California Highway 1 to experience some of California s most beautiful beaches Unspoiled uninhabited and carved by the crashing Pacific Ocean waves San Simeon s pristine beaches are breathtaking William R Hearst Memorial Beach Splash around the water suit up for surfing build a sandcastle on the beach fish off the 1 000 foot pier or just sit back and have a picnic on nearby benches This beach once belonged to W R Hearst himself but it was donated by Hearst Corporation in 1953 for all to enjoy This beach is located

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  • Christmas at Hearst Castle
    Information Facts and Stats Recommended Resources Hearst Castle Theater Shop Gift Shops at Hearst Castle Contact Volunteer Programs Photo Film Guidelines Hearst Castle Weddings and Events Hearst Castle Employment Friends of Hearst Castle News Menu Reserve your tickets Plan Your Visit News Updates Search for Tuesday February 9 2016 Tweet Map Directions Directions from Los Angeles Directions from San Francisco Transportation Dining at the Visitor Center About San Simeon Places to Stay Area Attractions Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary San Luis Obispo State Parks Elephant Seals Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Beaches Christmas at Hearst Castle Download the Hearst Castle App Get Directions Hours Rates Summer Open Daily 9 00 a m Fall Open Daily 9 00 a m Thanksgiving Day Closed Winter Open Daily 9 00 a m Christmas Day Closed New Year s Day Closed Spring Open Daily 9 00 a m Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children Ages 5 12 Under 5 free Buy Tickets Christmas at Hearst Castle Celebrate the season with Hearst Castle Tours Discover why the holiday season was an exceptionally festive time for Mr Hearst and his guests Share in the splendor as you wind your way through the grounds Casa del Mar

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  • Hearst Castle History, People and Art
    Hearst Castle Tour Programs Hearst Castle Gardens Hearst Castle Gardens Preservation Historic People Guests of the Castle Art Restoration Preservation Archival Information Facts and Stats Recommended Resources Download the Hearst Castle App Get Directions Hours Rates Summer Open Daily 9 00 a m Fall Open Daily 9 00 a m Thanksgiving Day Closed Winter Open Daily 9 00 a m Christmas Day Closed New Year s Day Closed Spring Open Daily 9 00 a m Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children Ages 5 12 Under 5 free Buy Tickets Hearst Castle History Art Discover this legendary estate s history and learn more about its twenty five thousand artifacts before seeing it in person Hearst Castle s history begins in 1865 when George Hearst purchased 40 000 acres of ranchland In 1919 William Randolph Hearst inherited what had grown to more than 250 000 acres and was dreaming of ways to transform it into a retreat he called La Cuesta Encantada Spanish for Enchanted Hill By 1947 Hearst and architect Julia Morgan had created Hearst Castle 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens terraces pools and walkways all built to house Hearst s specifications and to showcase his legendary art collection Notable Areas at Hearst Castle Before you walk through Hearst Castle s larger than life rooms and explore its grandeur while on a tour learn more about the history behind some of its most notable and storied rooms gardens and pools Explore Famous Hearst Castle Areas The Gardens of Hearst Castle Discover the lush serene gardens that were planned and developed as carefully as other parts of the Castle were by Hearst and Morgan Historic People Hearst Castle would never have been possible without the vision of William Randolph Hearst and master architect Julia Morgan Read more about

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  • Famous Hearst Castle Pools, Rooms, and Locations
    Hearst Castle Gardens Hearst Castle Gardens Preservation Historic People Guests of the Castle Art Restoration Preservation Archival Information Facts and Stats Recommended Resources Download the Hearst Castle App Get Directions Hours Rates Summer Open Daily 9 00 a m Fall Open Daily 9 00 a m Thanksgiving Day Closed Winter Open Daily 9 00 a m Christmas Day Closed New Year s Day Closed Spring Open Daily 9 00 a m Ticket Prices Starting At 25 Adults 12 Children Ages 5 12 Under 5 free Buy Tickets Other Features Around Hearst Castle Historic locations associated with Hearst Castle In 1865 George Hearst purchased 40 000 acres of ranchland that included the mexican ranchos of Piedra Blanca San Simeon and Santa Rosa In 1919 his son William Randolph Hearst inherited the land from his mother Phoebe Apperson Hearst He eventually expanded it to encompass 250 000 acres Originally known as Camp Hill its wilderness offered a magnificent campsite for family and friends but Hearst envisioned more comfortable accommodations His simple instructions to famed San Francisco architect Julia Morgan in 1919 were Miss Morgan we are tired of camping out in the open at the ranch in San Simeon and I would like to build a little something Hearst renamed the hilltop that crowned his huge ranch La Cuesta Encantada The Enchanted Hill By 1947 Hearst and Morgan had created an estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens terraces pools and walkways an American castle that was destined to become one of the world s greatest showplaces for his art collection Historic Areas and Locations at the Castle Hearst Castle Pools Two pools can be found at Hearst Castle the Neptune Pool and the Roman Pool Each one is truly unique They were the settings for lively parties social gatherings

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  • Hearst Castle Pools | Neptune Pool and Roman Pool
    anxious to have a swimming pool On June 17 1924 Morgan wrote that the first swimming pool was nearing completion Mr Neptune and the two ladies can be placed but the finished basins will take some time yet The second version of the pool a substantial enlargement was created in 1926 1927 This version had a series of concrete steps at the southern side called the Cascade down which water flowed The Neptune and Nereid statues now installed in the temple pediment then stood at the top of the Cascade The dressing rooms were begun in 1928 and furnished according to Hearst s instruction The present version of the pool was under construction from 1934 1936 It is unlikely that the enlargement was done to make it closer to Olympic size as has sometimes been conjectured Olympic pools are 165 feet long It is more likely that the colonnades and Cassou statues which were planned from the late 1920 s required an enlarged treatment Morgan anticipated further modifications of the pool for Cassou s Neptune statuary group to be placed in the small upper pool On July 27 1936 Morgan wrote in a letter to Charles Cassou enclosed is a plan and some photographs of the Neptune Pool in its present uncompleted state The recess of the main pool and the small pool above to receive your Neptune group I have not touched since my visit with you last year so please do not think of them except as something yet to be done to form a proper background and sitting for your Venus as well as your Neptune statuary The Neptune sculpture group by Cassou intended for the small upper pool was never installed The final version of the pool as it stands at the Castle today is 104 feet long 58 feet wide and 95 feet wide at alcove It is 3 5 feet deep at the west end 10 feet at drains and holds 345 000 gallons of water Other unique aspects of the Neptune Pool include the oil burning heating system the light veined Vermont marble decorating the pools and colonnades and four 17 century Italian bas reliefs on the sides of the colonnades The Neptune Pool is currently empty due to restoration work in progress Roman Pool The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle is a tiled indoor pool decorated with eight statues of Roman gods goddesses and heroes The pool appears to be styled after an ancient Roman bath such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome c 211 17 CE The mosaic tiled patterns were inspired by mosaics found in the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna Italy They are also representative of traditional marine monster themes that can be found in ancient Roman baths The statues are rough copies of ancient Greek and Roman statues One such copy represents the Apoxyomenos Statuary was used on a considerable scale in the Baths of Caracalla The pool and surrounding room which were built

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