• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

    Cabrillo

    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: September 20, September 27, October 28 - 29, November 6, 2014. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Tidepool Permit Availability

The best times to visit the tidepools are during negative low tides, when the water is low and lots of rocks are exposed. Generally, you'll find good negative low tides during daylight hours in the winter and spring months. Tidepool permits are issued only on days when the tide is +0.7 or lower. To find the best date for you, click here to check out the charts.

NOTE: The charts are provided as a reference to show the dates when the tide is low enough to view intertidal organisms, but is not a guarantee that tidepool permits will be available. Check with the Education Department at (619) 557-5450, extension 2231, for permit availability.

Tidepool hours: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, seven days a week.

Did You Know?

Bayside Trail

Did you know that the coastal sage scrub habitat found at Cabrillo National Monument is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world? Only 10-15% of the original habitat now exists. Once the dominant ecosystem, the coastal sage scrub community now only exists in small remnant pockets.