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About Salinas River State Beach – Monterey Dunes Entrance in Moss Landing, California

Salinas River State Beach is an exposed sandy coastline between the Salinas River and the town of Moss Landing at Elkhorn Slough. This long state park protects mostly undeveloped lands and is surrounded by agriculture fields. There are three separate parking areas for access to Salinas River State Beach. This southern entrance is on Monterey Dunes Way near the Monterey Dunes Colony. You can get here by turning off Highway 1 onto Molera Road and driving until you see signs for the Colony. It requires a short sandy walk across the dunes to this remote beach. A hiking trail meanders in the dunes to the north and connects to another Salinas River State Beach parking lot at the Potrero Road Entrance. Walking on the beach will take you to the Salinas River Mouth Natural Preserve.

Molera Rd and Monterey Dunes Way
Moss Landing, CA 95039
Park Name
Salinas River State Beach, Salinas River Dunes Natural Preserve
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the trails or the beach
Free parking
Fishing, Beachcombing, Wildlife Watching, Hiking, Beach Walking, Equestrian Use
Toilets, Dunes, Trails
Map of Salinas River State Beach – Monterey Dunes Entrance
Castroville, US
10:47 am, June 17, 2024
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