Permits & Reservations


You're welcome to visit Cabrillo National Monument any time that we're open - no reservations are required for the general public.

For School Field Trip Reservations & Tidepool Permits please
e-mail us

Public Programs and Special Events offered by Cabrillo National Monument are free and open to the public (unless posted). Entrance fees may apply.


Special Use Permits

*Cabrillo National Monument requires 21 business days’ notice to process any and all permit requests.

A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:

  1. Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
  2. Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  3. Is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  4. Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and
  5. Is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.

Examples include family reunions, church services, first-amendment demonstrations, political events, public assemblies, military reenlistments, weddings, and other ceremonies.

For more information regarding special use permits or to determine if your activity requires one, please email us.

General Special Use Permit Application (up to 600 people)
General Special Use Permit Application (600 or more people)

Read the Permit Conditions

For More Information on Commonly Requested Permits:


Filming and photography


Scattering of ashes

Thank you for supporting the National Park Service and our mission to protect America’s unique and special places for future generations.


Tidepool Permits

In order to protect this distinct and delicate ecosystem, Tidepool Permits are required for groups of ten or more to visit the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument during low tides of 0.7' and lower. If your group numbers less than ten, no permit is required.

Tidepool Permit Application

Last updated: February 24, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


(619) 523-4285

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