• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument


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  • 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

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Military Retirements at the Park

North Bay Parking Area
The North Bay parking area is an expansive area that can accommodate your larger military retirement ceremony.
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North Bay Parking Area view
Morning view from North Bay parking area, looking northeast over Ballast Point towards North Island.
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To help you determine if Cabrillo National Monument is the best choice for your Department of Defense retirement ceremony, we offer the following guidelines:

• A Special Use Permit is required and is obtained in advance. Please contact Park Ranger Ely Edquid to request a Permit Worksheet.

• Ceremonies with more than 20 people are allowed in the main parking lot, in the north bay area.

• Retirement ceremonies with less than 20 people may be held in other areas of the park, with advance permission.

• Ceremonies should start before 9:00 AM and must conclude by 10:00 AM.

• The retiree, or his/her command, must provide and set up all chairs, tables, podium, PA system, etc. Park personnel cannot be used for this purpose. All equipment must be removed by 10:30 AM.

• Receptions with cake, cookies, coffee, or other refreshments are not permitted.

• The park entrance station opens at 9:00 AM. If the ceremony will begin after 9:00 AM, a fee waiver must be obtained. To obtain a fee waiver, fax your request on official letterhead to (619) 226-6311.

• All vehicles must be parked in the main parking area.


To obtain a Permit Worksheet, or for further information, please contact:

Marty_Lane@nps.gov (619) 523-4568


(619) 523-4577
(619) 523-4563

Did You Know?

Harbor view

Did you know that Cabrillo National Monument boasts one of the best harbor views in the world? On clear winter days, you can experience a panorama that stretches from Mexico to the snow-capped mountains east of Los Angeles.