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Divisions of Boating and Waterways, Historic Preservation and Off-Highway Vehicles

News Release

For Immediate Release: 5/14/2015

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Operating Hours to be Reduced at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Monterey District

Monterey Sector Superintendent

James Bilz



CARMEL, Calif. - Beginning June 1, 2015, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve will begin closing at 7:00 p.m., rather than a half an hour after sunset.  The 7 p.m. closing will remain in effect until daylight saving time triggers a one-hour rollback of clocks on November 1, 2015.

The reserve will continue to open at 8:00 a.m. daily, as the early start time is popular with divers and recreationalists. The change in closing time is due to many factors including lack of visitation during late evening hours.

The change in closing time will benefit native wildlife in the reserve, which tend to be most active as they hunt and graze during the sunrise and sunset periods.

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