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

Kirby Park is closed due to road damage.  Please contact the Moss Landing Harbor District for information about Kirby Park. For road updates you can visit Monterey County’s Road Closure Information Page.

Directions to the ESNERR Visitor Center

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

Highway 1 heading north from Monterey
Take Highway 1 north to Moss Landing;
Turn right on Dolan Road;
Turn left onto Elkhorn Road;
The Reserve will be on your left 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.