Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
Route 1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923| Map |
Just south of Carmel is Point Lobos State Reserve, a pristine area featuring dramatic granite cliffs, unusual rock formations created by the erosion, headlands and caves and rock-enclosed ponds that continually re-form. Rangers are available to help families map their visit. Hiking trails offer views over the headlands, ocean, and meadows. Families may see otters, seals, sea lions during their walks and whales have been spotted during the winter months. Point Lobos State Reserve also includes a large section of underwater area, popular with scuba divers. At Whalers Cove, there is an old cabin that has been turned into a cultural history museum. The stretch is almost six miles from the entrance point which might take three to five hours to complete by walking. Those with less time may enjoy walking along the Cypress Grove Trail (which features many Monterey cypresses) and the North Shore Trail. Visitors are welcome to picnic or ride their bike and there are plenty of places to take photos. It’s a favorite spot for artists who paint the scenery in the area.
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Point Lobos State Reserve is a stretch of six miles of nature that features hiking trails as well as scuba diving. Families may see otters, seals, sea lions during their walks and whales have been spotted during the winter months.
Address: Route 1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923| Map
Phone: 831 624 4909
Hours: Mon-Sun 8 am - 7 pm (Summer); Mon-Sun 8 am - 5 pm (Winter) More Info
Price: Admission: $10 per vehicle More Info