Elkhorn Slough is located  at 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076 about halfway between the coastal towns of Santa Cruz and Monterey.

After months of road closures from winter storms ELKHORN ROAD IS NOW OPEN. Call the Reserve at 831-728-2822 for more information.

The Road to Kirby Park is still closed.  Please contact the Moss Landing Harbor District for information about Kirby Park.

Directions to the ESNERR Visitor Center

Highway 1 heading south from Santa Cruz
Take Highway 1 south to Salinas Road and turn left;
take Salinas Road past the golf course and veer right onto Werner Road;
drive to the bottom of the hill and turn right onto Elkhorn Road;
go 0.25 miles, turn right onto Elkhorn Road (again);
go 5 miles on Elkhorn Rd. Turn right into the Reserve at 1700 Elkhorn Rd.

Highway 1 heading north from Monterey
Take Highway 1 north to Dolan Road in Moss Landing – turn right;
Continue to Elkhorn Road;
Turn left onto Elkhorn Road
Turn left into the Reserve at 1700 Elkhorn Road

Highway 101 heading north from Salinas 
Take US-101 N to San Miguel Canyon Rd in Prunedale;
Take exit 337 from US-101 N;
Continue on San Miguel Canyon Road;
Turn left onto Strawberry Road;
Turn left onto Elkhorn Road
The Reserve will be on your right at 1700 Elkhorn Road.

Highway 101 heading south from San Jose
From Highway 101 south: 2 miles past the 156 East exit, turn right onto San Juan Road;
turn left onto Tarpey Road;
Tarpey Road becomes Hall Road;
Pass the Las Lomas area and turn left onto Elkhorn Road;
turn right into the Reserve gate – 1700 Elkhorn Road


If you have any questions regarding these directions, please call (831) 728-2822.