Long considered the “crown jewel” of the California State Park system, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a magnet for nature lovers the world around. From its breathtaking beauty to its fascinating wildlife to its friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, Point Lobos is a place where one can escape to the serenity of nature at its best. While the California State Park system is working to find creative ways to sustain our State Parks, Point Lobos is flourishing due to the support of the Point Lobos Foundation. The Foundation is the sole source of funding for the model volunteer program, protects the Reserve's environmental health by funding work on trails, facilities and invasive plant removal, and is continuously striving to improve programs and services for children, people living with disabilities, and all visitors.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is open from 8:00 am-7:00 pm seven days a week. The reserve may be closed during storm conditions. Closure decisions are made daily by California State Parks personnel. Please check this site prior to your visit for current closure information. Thank you.

Coastal Bioblitz- Volunteers Needed

Take advantage of low tides and celebrate World Oceans Day by participating in a coastwide snapshot of California biodiversity! Join fellow volunteers at Point Lobos on Wednesday, June 8 to record observations of plants and animals using smartphones or digital cameras. You must reserve space to participate in this event.

New Junior Ranger Program!

NEW! The California State Parks Junior Ranger program is coming to Point Lobos this summer. It begins on Saturday, May 28 and concludes on Tuesday, September 6. Operating only on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day), it's a one-hour program is for children ages 7-12.

be a considerate visitor

Point Lobos is a natural reserve, not a park. Afforded a higher level of statewide protection, the unique purpose of a reserve is to forever protect an area of unique natural beauty and ecological significance. Rapidly increasing numbers of well-meaning but uninformed visitors are damaging precious natural resources found within the reserve. Please do your part to be informed. Stay on marked trails, do not collect natural objects of any kind, and please do not disturb wildlife in their natural habitat.