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Fort Ord Dunes State Park
What is open now?
- Some walking trails are open, and parking is available to vehicles on a limited basis.
- Visitor services are limited to self-guided walks and mobile phone tours.
- Dogs on leash are allowed on the walking trails.
What is currently closed?
- This state beach is closed to dogs.
- There is currently no campground at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
Be COVID-19 Safe– State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings.For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
A NEW STATE PARK CAMPGROUND IN THE MAKING!
Fort Ord Dunes State Park’s 2004 General Plan provides for the development of a new campground and beach access facilities, and identifies the area immediately adjacent to the old military bunkers as the location for the campground. The project site lies largely outside the Highway 1 viewshed and consists of approximately 130 acres of which 16.79 acres will be developed with visitor improvements.
This recently opened State Park has a 1,500 foot trail to 4 miles of ocean beach with beautiful views of Monterey Bay. From the parking area visitors may also take a stroll on the new boardwalk to a bluff top viewing platform. Eight educational panels have been installed that will inform the public about the natural and cultural history of the park. Existing park roads are open to bicyclists, hikers and dogs on leash.
To protect park resources public access is limited to designated roads and trails. Dogs must be on leash and remain on paved roads. Horses and campfires are not allowed on the beach.
LEARN ABOUT THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF FORT ORD WITH YOUR MOBILE PHONE
You can use your mobile phone to learn more about the history of Fort Ord and its cultural and natural features. The tour is free, but your normal cell phone charges apply.
Click here for the brochure.
Please consider wildlife, other visitors, and other pets when walking your dog at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.
Dogs on leash are allowed on paved roads only within the park.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach at the park.
Dogs on leash are allowed at Monterey State Beach (South of the Monterey Beach Resort hotel), Asilomar State Beach, Carmel River State Beach, and Garrapata State Park.
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