• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

    Cabrillo

    National Monument California

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  • Visitor Center Scheduled to be Closed Until Mid to Late July

    The Visitor Center is undergoing a Seismic Retrofit. 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

Plan Your Visit

 
Colorful sea stars can be found in the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument.
Colorful sea stars can be found in the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument.
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ACTIVITIES

Activities at Cabrillo National Monument are as varied as the resources:

Who was Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo? Find out more about the 16th century explorer that the park is named for.

• Hiking: The two-mile Bayside Trail affords spectacular views of San Diego Bay and the city beyond, and takes you through one of the last remaining remnants of coastal sage scrub habitat in the world. The Coastal Tidepool Trail provides views along the ocean leading to the tide pools. Also learn about the Dusty Socks Club hiking trips around San Diego County.

• Tidepooling: The rocky intertidal area at Cabrillo National Monument is one of the best protected examples of these unique ecosystems in Southern California.

• Visiting the Lighthouse: Be sure to see the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, one of the original eight lighthouses on the West Coast, restored and refurnished to reflect what life was like in the 1800s. In the adjacent Assistant Keeper's Quarters, interactive exhibits tell the story of the Lighthouses of Point Loma. You can learn about the Lighthouses of Cabrillo here.

• Military History: In an historic radio station building, the exhibit "They Stood the Watch" presents the military history of Fort Rosecrans.

• Whale Watching: Experience the annual migration of the Pacific Gray Whale as these majestic mammals pass by the park from December through February. Here is a link to help you learn how to watch for whales at Cabrillo.

 
The Plaza at the Cabrillo Statue is a scenic place to take in the view of San Diego and the harbor
The Plaza at the Cabrillo Statue is a scenic place to take in the view of San Diego and the harbor.
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VISITOR CENTER

The Visitor Center is a good place to start your day at Cabrillo National Monument. The "Age of Exploration" exhibit, films, and ranger-guided programs present interesting insights into the history of Cabrillo, and rangers and volunteers are available to offer suggestions on what to see. Films are currently being shown in the Auditorium continuously while the Visitor Center is being retrofitted for earthquake safety.

Did You Know?

Sunset

Did you know that Cabrillo National Monument is the most southwesterly spot in the contiguous United States?