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Elk is a small seaside town located south of Fort Bragg, on the popular Mendocino Coast in northern California. It lies along scenic Highway 1 near the junction of State Route 128. This little town has shops and restaurants and pretty Victorian gingerbread architecture. It's quiet and peaceful; a great place to relax and base a vacation for exploring the other attractions in the area. The historic art community of Mendocino Village is approximately twelve miles to the North, and the seafaring town of Fort Bragg is a little further north of Mendocino. Elk is near the Henry Woods State Park that features two virgin redwood groves with the Navarro River running the entire length of the park. This park, which is located in the middle of Anderson Valley, is usually warmer and less foggy than the redwood parks located right along the coast. Activities include swimming, kayaking and canoeing, and flyfishing in the Navarro River. Hiking is popular among the giant redwoods of Navarro River Redwoods Park. Camping is available at nearby Van Damme State Park. A visit to nearby Mendocino is worthwhile for the quaint gift shops, antique stores and art galleries. Other nearby attractions include the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Glass Beach near Fort Bragg and the wineries of the Anderson Valley.

Surrounding areas: Albion, California (7.0 mi), Mendocino, California (13.1 mi), Caspar, California (16.9 mi), Boonville, California (20.6 mi), Fort Bragg, California (22.1 mi), Gualala, California (24.2 mi), Willits, California (27.4 mi)

Elk Vacation Rentals

Elk Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Wharf Master's Inn785 PRT StPoint Arena, CA15.3 mi.(707) 882-3171
The Toll House15301 Hwy 253Boonville, CA20.6 mi.(707) 895-3630
Super 8 Motel888 South Main StFort Bragg, CA21.3 mi.(707) 964-4003
Quality Inn & Suites Tradewinds400 S Main StFort Bragg, CA21.8 mi.(707) 964-4761
Holiday Inn Express250 Hwy 20Fort Bragg, CA22.4 mi.(707) 964-1100
Seabird Lodge191 S StFort Bragg, CA22.4 mi.(707) 964-4731
Quality Inn & Suites1141 N Main StFort Bragg, CA23.1 mi.(800) 643-5482
Best Western Willits Inn1777 S Main StWillits, CA26.8 mi.(707) 459-5800
Baechtel Creek Inn101 Gregory LnWillits, CA26.9 mi.(707) 459-9063
Breakers Inn39300 South Hwy OneGualala, CA27.1 mi.(707) 884-3400
Gualala Country InnGualala, CA27.1 mi.(707) 884-4343
Surf Motel At GualalaGualala, CA27.1 mi.(707) 884-3571
Whale Watch-inn By The Sea35100 S Hwy 1Gualala, CA27.1 mi.(800) 942-5342
Discovery Inn1340 N State StUkiah, CA27.3 mi.(707) 462-8873
Holiday Inn Express1720 N State StUkiah, CA27.3 mi.(707) 462-5745
Comfort Inn @ Suites1220 Airport Pak bvdUkiah, CA27.4 mi.(707) 462-3442
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott Ukiah Mendocino County1140 Airport Park BlvdUkiah, CA27.4 mi.(707) 463-3600
Hampton Inn Ukiah1160 Airport Park BlvdUkiah, CA27.4 mi.(707) 462-6555
Rodeway Inn1050 S State StUkiah, CA27.4 mi.(707) 462-2906
Vichy Hot Springs Resort & Inn2605 Vichy SPGS RdUkiah, CA27.4 mi.(707) 462-9515
Motel 61208 S State StUkiah, CA27.5 mi.(707) 468-5404
Best Western Orchard Inn555 S Orchard StUkiah, CA27.8 mi.(707) 462-1514
Super 8 Motel693 S Orchard AveUkiah, CA27.8 mi.(707) 468-8181
Ramada LTD601 Talmage RdUkiah, CA28.1 mi.(707) 462-8868

Elk Weather & Climate

The rugged northern Pacific Coast, north of the San Francisco Bay Area, experiences a mild climate year round. There is very little variation in temperature from winter, spring, summer and fall. Summers are dry, but typically cool and foggy right along the coast. Further inland, near the Anderson Valley, temperatures will be warmer with more sunny days. Be advised that it can be in the 60s in the Mendocino coast area, and just 30 miles inland the temperature can be in the 90s. Cool ocean breezes and a thick marine layer helps moderate coastal temperatures. If visiting during wintertime, there is a good chance it will rain during your stay. November through March are the wettest months. Fall is generally the sunniest time along the northern Pacific Coast.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 38°F 7.99 in. 52°F
February 57°F 40°F 6.89 in. 52°F
March 58°F 41°F 6.42 in. 50°F
April 60°F 42°F 3.01 in. 50°F
May 61°F 45°F 1.07 in. 50°F
June 64°F 47°F 0.26 in. 51°F
July 66°F 49°F 0.14 in. 51°F
August 67°F 50°F 0.34 in. 52°F
September 67°F 49°F 0.74 in. 53°F
October 65°F 44°F 2.36 in. 53°F
November 60°F 40°F 5.80 in. 53°F
December 57°F 38°F 6.83 in. 53°F

Elk Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Little River airport (O48) located about 9 miles north of Elk in Little River, California and the Charles M Schulz Sonoma County airport (STS) located approximately 64 miles southeast of Elk in Santa Rosa, California.

Elk Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
J's Amusement ParkGuernevilleCA58.2 mi.
TraintownSonomaCA89.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Little River Inn Golf & Tennis ClubLittle RiverCA10.3 mi.
Ukiah Municipal Golf CourseUkiahCA26.6 mi.
Brooktrails Golf CourseWillitsCA27.9 mi.
State Parks
Navarro River Redwoods State ParkCA3.8 mi. 
Dimmick Memorial Grove State ParkCA4.9 mi. 
Van Damme State ParkCA10.1 mi. 
Manchester Beach State ParkCA11.0 mi. 
Mendocino Headlands State ParkCA12.6 mi. 
Russian Gulch State ParkCA14.1 mi. 
Hendy Woods State ParkCA14.4 mi. 
MacKerricher State ParkCA25.2 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA106.1 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA117.1 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA117.1 mi.
Sequoia Park ZooEurekaCA118.0 mi.

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