Lighthouse Will Be Closed for Seismic Retrofit April 7 through May 16
The Lighthouse is undergoing a Seismic retrofit and will be closed from April 7 - May 16. Visitors can still access the Assistant Keepers Quarters exhibit from the south door, Lighthouse Comfort Station, and Kelp Forest Overlook. Call 619-557-5450.
Visitor Center Scheduled to be Closed May 19 through June 16
The Visitor Center will be undergoing a Seismic Retrofit and will be closed. Visitors will still be able to access the Auditorium, Ballast View and the East Patio. These dates are subject to change. Please call 619 557-5450 for updated information
Rules to Protect the Tidepools
For the Health and Safety of Tidepool Critters
For all present and future visitors to experience and enjoy the healthy and diverse tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument, guidelines are needed to minimize the impacts on organisms from the high levels of visitation. The overriding consideration is the preservation of tidepool organisms, so no plant or animal should ever be disturbed if there is a possibility of injury. These organisms are best enjoyed in their natural state, so the best policy is to simply observe them where they are.
To protect tidepool inhabitants, the following guidelines have been prepared. Please take a moment to review them prior to your visit to the tidepools to ensure that tidepool critters stay healthy and safe.
When handling animals that are easy to pick up, such as hermit crabs, please observe the following guidelines:
Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the tidepool inhabitants by observation as much as possible. The following should not be introduced into the tidepool area:
Collection of any natural item, including living and dead organisms, shells or rocks, is strictly prohibited in any areas within or under the administration of Cabrillo National Monument.
With your help, the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument will remain a healthy environment for the marine life that lives there, and will continue to be a prime example of this precious ecosystem for generations to come.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument are one of the last and best-preserved rocky Intertidal areas open to the public in Southern California?