• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument


    National Monument California

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  • Cabrillo National Monument Theater Closed on Selected Dates

    Due to National Park Service alternate uses, the Cabrillo National Monument theater will be closed to the public on the following dates: October 28 all day, October 29 9am-12pm, November 6, 2014 12pm-5pm. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Things To Know Before You Come

Spiral Staircase in Old Point Loma Lighthouse
A spiral staircase is a great way to get you to the top floor of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, but you don't have to go around in circles before your visit - there is lots of information available to help you pre-plan your trip to Cabrillo National Monument!
Staircase in Old Point Loma Lighthouse - NPS Photo

A visit to any National Park is always more enjoyable with a little pre-planning. Prior to your visit to Cabrillo National Monument, you may wish to find out about:

• Entrance fees. Click here for current park entrance fees.

• Hours that park facilities are open. Click here for more information.

• The low tide time if you wish to explore the tidepools. You can telephone the park at (619) 557-5450, extension “0”, or search the Web for online tide charts for the Point Loma area.

Possible Temporary Closure of Road to Tidepools - On weekends and Holidays and when there is a good low tide the road to the tidepools may be closed periodically when tidepool parking lots are full to capacity. The road to the tidepool area will be closed (usually 30-45 minutes), until sufficient capacity in the parking areas becomes available. This temporary closure of the road allows for traffic to flow freely and allows a more pleasant experience for the visitor by reducing the number of people and reducing the damage to the fragile ecosystem. Please plan your trips to allow for this delay. Thanks for your patience with our staff when dealing with this issue.

• The weather. Click here to go to Weather.com for an up-to-date forecast.

• The visibility. Many park visitors come for the outstanding view from Cabrillo National Monument. Telephone the park at (619) 557-5450, extension “0” for current visibility conditions.

• Special events. Click here to go to our Schedule of Events page.

On the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00am there is a volunteer lead hike on the bayside trail.

Trash Free Park Click here for information.

Cabrillo National Monument is a smoke-free park. Smoking is not permitted in any buildings, or within any of the park's grounds, which include the tidepools, trails and parking lots.

Did You Know?


Did you know that delicate-looking tidepool creatures at Cabrillo National Monument are actually very hardy, and have adapted well to harsh conditions of pounding surf, intermittent exposure to sun and drying wind, and sharp changes in temperature and salinity?