• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument


    National Monument California

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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

Traffic & Travel Tips

Foggy hills
Fog can appear suddenly during any time of year and dramatically change the landscape - and visibility.
NPS Photo
  • Please watch for pedestrians while in Cabrillo National Monument.
  • Watch the roadways for wildlife – cottontails, squirrels, snakes, and lizards are frequently seen on the roads in and around the monument.
  • Fog, low clouds, or mist can occur at any time of the year and reduce visibility considerably. Use headlights and caution.
  • Catalina Blvd., the road approaching Cabrillo National Monument, has a maximum speed limit of 35 MPH. The speed is reduced to 15 MPH as you near the entrance station.
  • The road leading to the tidepools, Cabrillo Road, has a maximum speed limit of 25 MPH.
  • Many bicyclists, walkers, and joggers use Catalina Blvd. and Cabrillo Memorial Drive daily. Keep an eye out for them and use caution when they are nearby.
  • Please be aware that the monument is surrounded by Navy property, and access to those areas is strictly limited.
  • Catalina Blvd. / Cabrillo Memorial Drive are also known as State Highway 209.

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?