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About Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach, California

Dinosaur Caves Park is a family-friendly park in the Shell Beach area of Pismo Beach, CA. The park has open grass areas, picnic tables, walking paths, ocean overlooks, and an abundance of kids play toys with animal and dinosaur themes. The park also has an interesting history. In the 1940’s a large concrete dinosaur was constructed at this location. Visitors could enter the dinosaur and descend a tunnel in the tail that lead into an underground sea cavern. The cavern has since collapsed and all evidence of the dinosaur have been removed. Unfortunately, all other access routes to the shoreline have eroded away so there is no beach access from the park anymore. However, it is possible to kayak into this cove, known as Shelter Cove, to explore the many rock arches and caves. Nearby Margo Dodd Park or Eldwayen Park would be good places to put in a kayak. They can be rented in downtown Pismo Beach if you don’t have your own. Also nearby is Elmer Ross Beach which is visible to the left from the park and just a short walk down Price Street to the access at The Inn at the Cove Hotel. The Dinosaur Caves Park parking lot entrance is on Cliff Avenue just off Price Street.

Price St and Cliff Ave
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Park Name
Dinosaur Caves Park
City Park
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Free parking
Picnicking, Walking, Cave Exploration, Running
Kids Play Area, Grass Park, Benches, Picnic Tables, Caves, Rock Arch, Tide Pools, Restrooms
Map of Dinosaur Caves Park
Pismo Beach, US
3:38 pm, June 19, 2024
temperature icon 68°F
L: 53° H: 68°
Feels like 67.32 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 9 m/s
UV Index: 5.13
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:48 am
Sunset: 8:19 pm
Humidity 61 %
Pressure1011 mb
Wind 9 m/s

Nearby Beaches

Elmer Ross Beach

0.2 miles away

Elmer Ross Beach is a small but lovely beach with coarse sand made up of pebbles and broken shells....

View beach

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