Point Lobos State Reserve


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Point Lobos State Reserve


Location:In Monterey County, 3 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1.
Facilities:Picnic areas, restrooms, trails (é).
Activities:Hiking, wildlife viewing, scuba diving, guided tours.
Special Features:Once the home of a turn-of -the-century whaling and abalone industry, Reserve contains headlands, coves, and rolling meadows and is known for its exceptional beauty. Wildlife includes seals, sea lions, sea otters, and migrating gray whales (from December to May), and thousands of seabirds also make the reserve their home. The offshore area, popular with divers, forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world.
Address:c/o Monterey District Office
2211 Garden Rd
Monterey, CA 93940

Phone:831-624-4909
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=571
Size: 1,325 acres.

See other parks in California.
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We had a picnic lunch at Point Lobos State Reserve. A new wheelchair trail provides excellent views of Sea Lion Point and Headland Cove.
CELEBRATE THE CALIFORAIA COAST Dramatic granite bluffs, windswept cypress trees, and the great crashing Pacific have made the landscape of Point Lobos State Reserve famous.
Locations included Big Sur, Palos Verdes, Point Lobos State Reserve, and, of course, Selznick Studios.
Point Lobos State Reserve, 3 miles south of Carmel; http://pt-lobos.parks.state.ca.us or 831/624-4909.
Castle Rock west of Crescent City (one of the largest colonies on the West Coast) and Bird Island at Point Lobos State Reserve south of Monterey.
* Point Lobos State Reserve. Better known for its wind-sculpted Monterey cypress, the reserve has fine stands of Monterey pines as well--a good place to see them is along the 0.7-mile Pine Ridge Trail.
Point Lobos State Reserve. Just south of Carmel and north of Big Sur proper is this reserve, which is notable for its abundant marine wildlife and groves of Monterey cypress.
POINT LOBOS STATE RESERVE. This small (just 450 acres) but dramatic park is best known for its seabirds and sometimes-raucous marine mammals.
Near Carmel: Point Lobos State Reserve, (408) 624-4909.
(On the adjacent trail, blue-jacketed volunteers from Friends of the Sea Otter help you find otters from 11 to 3 Sundays.) Point Lobos State Reserve and Garrapata State Beach are also good viewing spots.
You can spot otters from areas in the town of Monterey (Fisherman's Wharf to the Coast Guard breakwater is quite good) down to Point Lobos State Reserve. For a close (and guaranteed) look, try the Monterey Bay Aquarium's sea otter facility, which includes a bilevel indoor tank and an outdoor area.
Point Lobos State Reserve, Box 62, State Highway 1, Carmel 93923; (408) 624-4909.