UPDATE: June 18, 2018

The Land Conservancy is in the final stages of securing all permits for the Pismo Preserve parking lot and visitor serving amenities and is also in the final process of selecting a construction company to build the project.

Access to the Preserve will be limited in summer 2018 due to construction activity in the parking area. Once completed, hikers, bikers, and equestrians will be able to enjoy the Pismo Preserve from sunrise until an hour after sunset, seven days a week.

As of June 18th, 2018, no additional Discovery Days are planned for the summer of 2018. Regular docent-guided events will continue through June 30th




The Land Conservancy is excited to host “Discovery Days” at the Pismo Preserve thanks to a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy!

While staff are still working through the logistics of opening this beautiful property for complete public access, we will be opening the Preserve on select days for you and your friends and family to explore the Pismo Preserve at your own pace, without a docent.

On Discovery Days, you will be able to access the Pismo Preserve via shuttle from one of 2 shuttle stops.

Shuttle Stops:

Pismo Beach City Hall

Dolphin Bay Resort

Ride On SLO is providing the shuttle service, which will run continuously from 8 am to 3 pm on each Discovery Day. Shuttles will continue to pick up from the Preserve until 6 pm. Your shuttle ride will be free.

You may take the RTA bus to Pismo Beach City Hall. It drops off every hour at the 39 min mark. View the RTA schedule here.

Please note there is currently no public parking at the Pismo Preserve. Access is via shuttle ONLY. For your safety, walking in to the Preserve will not be permitted. Cyclists may ride in.

Discovery Days Schedule (updated 5.24.2018)

Sunday, March 11th, 8AM-6PM **RAIN CANCELLED**

Sunday, March 25th, 8AM-6PM: Sponsored by LeftLane Sports

Sunday, April 8th, 8AM-6PM**RAIN CANCELLED**

Sunday, April 22nd, 8AM-6PM

Sunday, April 29th, 8AM-6PM 

Sunday, May 6th, 8AM-6PM

Sunday, May 20th, 8AM-6PM

Sunday, June 10th, 8AM-6PM 


Print Trail Map

Download Avenza Map app and track your location on the Preserve!
Instructions Here


Can I bring my dog to a Discovery Day?
Pets on leash are always allowed on the Pismo Preserve trails. It is recommended that they be wearing a flea and tick collar or be on preventative medicine. Please don’t forget to bring them water as well!

Am I allowed to walk on to the Preserve?
There is currently no safe pedestrian access to the Pismo Preserve. Please park at City Hall or Dolphin Bay Resort and take the free shuttle to the Preserve. Please note there is no parking in nearby neighborhoods.

Why can’t I park at the trailhead?
Due to the number of visitors we receive on Discovery Days we cannot accommodate parking at the trailhead. Once the parking lot is complete and the Preserve is fully open you will be able to park at the trailhead to set off on your hike. Please note there is no parking in nearby neighborhoods.

What kind of bikes are allowed on the Pismo Preserve?
For safety reasons, and to protect the integrity of the trails, only non-motorized, non-electric bikes are allowed on the Pismo Preserve trails. You may however, ride an electric bike to the trailhead to set out on your hike.

Are horses allowed on Discovery Days?
Due to lack of parking for equestrian trailers on Discovery Days, we cannot accommodate riders on these days. Please check our events calendar for separately scheduled equestrian-only Discovery Days.