Memorial Services

Scattering of ashes

Cabrillo National Monument is certainly a beautiful place that has touched many hearts. On occasion, visitors have wanted to memorialize a loved one who has passed away by scattering their ashes, and we certainly understand that sentiment.

Memorializing a loved one in this way does require a special permit. This permit is not available online, but can be obtained by contacting the park through email.

If you do decide to request such a memorial service, please be aware that there are some rules that must be observed.

  • The chosen site must be no less than 300 feet from any buildings, towers, or historic sites, including historic structures such as the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
  • The chosen site must be no less than 150 feet away from other developed areas, e.g. roads, and picnic areas.
  • The ashes must be scattered and not deposited in any type of container. Cremains may not be buried. The identifying tags and the containers in which the ashes are packaged by the crematory must be disposed of outside the park.
  • No marker or memorial of any sort may be placed or left at the site. The placement or planting of real or artificial flowers, memorial trees, brass markers, wooden crosses, etc. is prohibited.
  • No birds, butterflies, or objects either natural or artificial may be released in conjunction with the scattering of cremains within the national monument.
  • Cremation must be accomplished in accordance with the state law.

Last updated: January 23, 2017

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1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


(619) 557-5450

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