• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

    Cabrillo

    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

Visitor Centers

Visitor Center
The Visitor Center is a great place to begin your exploration of Cabrillo National Monument
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The Visitor Center at Cabrillo National Monument is the perfect place to get oriented to the park. Rangers and volunteers are always available to answer questions and provide suggestions on what to do. Here you can:

  • Find the day’s schedule of auditorium programs and ranger talks
  • Get your National Parks Passport book stamped
  • Chat with a ranger
  • Pick up a Junior Ranger activity for kids
  • Check out the day’s weather forecast
  • Find out when low tide is
  • Obtain a Golden Access Passport
  • Look through the bulls-eye of a lighthouse lens
  • See the California relief map and find other National Parks in the state to visit
  • Get a hands-on feel for 16th century armor and navigational instruments
  • Come in out of the elements if it’s foggy, raining, or windy outside
  • Make your educational and souvenir purchases in the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation Bookstore
 
Visitor Center Interior
The Visitor Center is a good place to begin your orientation to Cabrillo National Monument.
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Visitor Center Ranger
Friendly Park Rangers are on hand to answer questions and provide suggestions on what to do in the park.
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Did You Know?

Whale tail

Did you know that Pacific Gray Whales make one of the longest migrations of all mammals? They travel approximately 12,000 miles from the Arctic to Baja California and back again, and can be seen on their southward migration from Cabrillo National Monument.