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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

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(831) 624-4909

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Day Use Area

Driving Directions to Point Lobos SNR

The reserve is located on the central coast of California in Monterey County. The entrance is located three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

No online brochures available for this park.


SOBERANES FIRE INFORMATION - PARK CLOSURES

News Release - Some Big Sur State Parks Reopening State Parks Lifts Some Temporary Closures Due to Soberanes Fire 


 

SOBERANES FIRE PARK CLOSURE INFORMATION:

Andrew Molera State Park
All park lands closed to public entry.

Garrapata State Park
All park lands east of Highway 1 closed to public entry.

Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park

  • Open: The western portion of the park, including the McWay Falls Trail, has reopened. 
  • Closed: All areas east of the parking lot as well as the two environmental campsites west of Highway 1 will remain closed for now.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Parks

  • Open: Big Sur Lodge opened today. More information: www.bigsurlodge.com.
  • Closed: With the exception of the lodge, the park remains closed until further notice.

Point Sur Light Station Historic State Park
Guided tours have resumed. More Information: www.pointsur.org.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Remains open 



Please see the latest information on the Soberanes Fire at the Cal Fire website at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents or call the park at 831-667-2315 and press #3 on the phone tree to hear updated fire information.

NEW

UPDATED MONDAY, AUGUST 1

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve will reopen at 8am on Tuesday, August 2.

Please note that there will be no parking allowed on the east and west side of Hwy 1 near Point Lobos SNR and there are only 150 spaces in the reserve.



California State Parks advises visitors that it may close Point Lobos State Natural Reserve during and after storms. Closing the reserve will protect visitors and allow State Parks time to assess damage within the reserve.


Until further notice, the steps leading to China Cove are closed due to erosion.

This area contains headlands, coves and rolling meadows. The offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world popular with divers. Wildlife includes seals, sea lions, sea otters and migrating gray whales (from December to May). Thousands of seabirds also make the Reserve their home. Hiking trails follow the shoreline and lead to hidden coves. The area used to be the home of a turn-of-the-century whaling and abalone industry. A small cabin built by Chinese fishermen from that era still remains at Whalers Cove and is now a cultural history museum.

Fees

DAY USE:

Vehicle...............................................................................................  $  10.00                                

Senior.................................................................................................  $    9.00

Disabled (with Discount Pass)………………………………….…………………….  $    5.00                

Bus (10-24 passengers)...................................................................     $    50.00   (PERMIT REQUIRED)                           

Bus (25+ passsengers).....................................................................     $  100.00   (PERMIT REQUIRED)        

POINT LOBOS Brochure/ Map …………………..…………..........     $   2.00                   

                               

DIVE:

Weekend- Holiday Diving/ Snorkeling Reservation or Walkup= $30+ Processing Fee

Weekday Diving/ Snorkeling with Reservation = $20+ Processing Fee

Weekday Diving/ Snorkeling- Walkup = $25 per team.

Kayaking/ Stand-Up Paddle boarding- $10 per Vessel

Boat Launch Fee- $25 per Boat

PASSES:

Annual Day Use Pass (CA Explorer).....................................................   $ 195.00 


Camping
There is NO camping available at Point Lobos.

Location-Directions
On the central coast of California in Monterey County. The entrance is located three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
Fair sunny days, occasional winter rains, and dry summers, moderated by fog from July through September characterize central California's climate.

Facilities - Activities
Guided Walks and Whalers Cabin Museum
A schedule of guided walks for the month is posted at the entrance station. The museums are open as staffing permits, generally from 9 A.M. until 5 P.M. Requests for nature walks, cabin tours, and slide programs led by rangers or docents for schools and private groups require advance written application.

Diving (SCUBA and Free-Diving)
Diving is permitted only at Whalers and Bluefish Coves. Proof of certification is required. Permission to dive is given when entering the reserve. Reservations are recommended for the weekdays and are a must for weekends and holidays.
 Make Dive Reservations Here

Half of the reserve is all you see unless you're a diver and visit the underwater world just offshore. This is one of the richest marine habitats in California. Its animals and plants are fully protected by state law from any disturbance.

Divers explore a realm of beauty that, until this century, was inaccessible except to a handful of pioneers. In the subdued light of the 70 foot-high kelp forests, animals without backbones and plants without roots create a world of vibrant color. Lingcod, cabezone and rockfish swim in and out of view. The unexpected appearance of a seal, a sea otter, or whale quickens the heart.

About the Reserve
Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the Reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System". Point Lobos has offered many things to millions of people who have visited it over the years.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is outstanding for sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging. In addition to the spectacular beauty, nearly every aspect of its resources is of scientific interest. There are rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of both land and sea.

Respect the power of the ocean. Help avoid a disaster and keep at a safe distance. Remain on the designated trails within the wire guides, and stay away from the rocky cliffs. Rock climbing is absolutely prohibited.


In 2014, a 3D Model of the Point Lobos State Marine Reserve was created to provide divers with landmarks to navigate the Reserve, and provide non-divers with a way to visualize the underwater wonders – without getting wet! The Point Lobos State Marine Reserve 3D Model is located near the parking lot by Whaler’s Cover. To learn more about this model and download a Map designed for divers, visit the Point Lobos Foundation website.

More Information:
Monterey County Weekly story
KAZU audio story


Pets

Dogs are not allowed in the Reserve, even if they are in a vehicle.



Available Activities and Facilities at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Nature & Wildlife Viewing