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Welcome - Sharing this Special Place

Information for Renters and Visitors

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Crashing wave. Photo copyright Jeanne Gadol

Welcome to The Sea Ranch! We are pleased to share this special place with you and hope you will enjoy your stay.

If this is your first visit, we'd like to be sure you know that the Ranch is a big place: it's ten miles along the coast, with more than 1,800 houses on the bluffs, in the meadows, on the hillsides, and in the forest. When you arrive, please take a few minutes to look at the house you are staying in so that you will recognize it when you return from a walk. Before you set out on a hike, be sure you know where you are going and how you will return.

Our Members and guests especially enjoy the hiking trails and the beaches. In addition to the Bluff Trail and hiking trails in the hills and forest, there are four interpretive trails with brochures describing historic and natural features. Trail Maps are available at the Association office located at 975 Annapolis Road. (You are welcome to visit the office, which is open every day 8:30 am to 5 pm, except Sunday, Monday, and major holidays. It's located at 975 Annapolis Road, just past the airstrip and the Cal Fire station).

Please Note: All Sea Ranch roads and most trails are private. Visitors not staying on The Sea Ranch must park in the public access parking areas on Highway 1 and stay only on the public trails and beaches. If staying at The Sea Ranch, be sure to display the tag supplied by your rental agency on your vehicle's rear-view mirror or dashboard, or your vehicle will be subject to citation and immobilization. Carry your pass with you when hiking the trails. The pass from your rental agency must be shown to enter any of the recreation centers. Guests staying with members should obtain vehicle tags and passes from their host.

Read more about: Visiting The Sea Ranch (including public beaches and trails), Nature at The Sea Ranch and Amenities in the Local Area.

Recreation Information for Members and guests: Print this 2-page description of our swimming pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, and library. These pages also describe some of the maps and brochures that are available for minimal fees at the Association office.

The Sea Ranch Seasonal Calendar is a reference for The Sea Ranch Association members and the coastal community. The objective is to post a fun nature guide, providing information on some of the animal and plant species can be seen around the "Mendonoma" area, and in what seasons they are seen.

Your Safety--And Ours

Our Association security staff patrols The Sea Ranch every day and is available by phone at
(707) 785-2701.

In an emergency, call 911 from a land line or the Sonoma County Sheriff at (707) 565-2121 from a cell phone. Emergency Telephone Contacts.

Please take these safety tips and rules to heart!

  • Fire is a major threat to our community. Any small source of ignition is dangerous. Smoking is illegal on all trails. Barbecue coals and fireplace ashes must be placed in metal containers. Fireworks are illegal.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean! Sleeper waves are a real threat; from a relatively calm ocean, a huge wave can suddenly crash over beachcombers.
  • Bicycles may not be ridden on the Bluff Trail.
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  • Hike with a buddy, or at least be sure someone knows where you are planning to hike alone.
  • Stay a reasonable distance from deer, seals, and other wildlife.
  • Drive 25 miles per hour or slower on all Sea Ranch roads.
  • VerizonWireless and AT&T currently have a cell tower in this area. Cell phone coverage can be spotty on The Sea Ranch and in Gualala.

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