For a driving map and directions to the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, click here.
The central Monterey Bay area offers visitors and residents a wide variety of natural resources and activities to enjoy. A map to access points, facilities and activities can be downloaded here.
Dunes and broad stretches of open sandy beach charaterize the inner curve of Monterey Bay. The expansive beaches are interrupted only by the outlets of the Pajaro and Salinas Rivers, and the entrance to Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing Harbor. The protected waters of the slough and its associated mudflats, wetlands, and nearby dunes provide a haven for a wide variety of birds, fish and unusual marine life. This remarkable variety of habitats provides visitors a rare opportunity to explore and discover nature's secrets.