Your registration includes:
- Tours from expert naturalists
- Shared campsites (hotel rooms are also available at your cost)
- Use of our camp kitchen (stoves, pots, pans)
- Evening programs
- Admission at state and national parks
- Food for three dinners, breakfasts, lunches and snacks
Explore some of California’s most beautiful landscapes as we travel north through Central California following the San Andreas Fault zone and then return along the Big Sur coast on this four-day field adventure.
Join geologist Tanya Atwater and botanist Steve Junak as they highlight the geological and botanical wonders of the Central Coast.
This is primarily a driving and tent camping trip with many stops and some short hikes. Our naturalists will be presenting information as we travel and in camp. We will be camping at Morro Bay, Pinnacles and Big Sur, but there are options to stay in hotel rooms. If you wish to stay in hotels, please see the "Accommodations" page for recommendations and make your own reservations.
We start by visiting beautiful and exceptional geological and biological spots around San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. Next we move inland to follow the San Andreas fault northwestward through secluded, forgotten valleys of the Gabilan range (between the Salinas and San Joaquin valleys). Along the way we visit distinct and peculiar features of the fault in Parkfield, East Pinnacles National Park, Hollister, and San Juan Batista.
For our return, we follow Route 1 along the coast, visiting exotic geological and botanical sites with breathtakingly beautiful views. We include visits to Point Lobos State Reserve, Big Sur, Pfeiffer beach, Julia Pfeiffer park and the ridge crest at Cone Peak Road, finishing the tour at Point Piedras Blancas, with visits to the lighthouse restoration project and amazing elephant seal rookery.