Long considered the “crown jewel” of California’s 280 state parks, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a magnet for nature lovers around the world. With its breathtaking beauty, fascinating wildlife and friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, Point Lobos is a place where one can experience nature at its best and explore this area's fascinating human history.
While the California Department of Parks and Recreation continues its work to find creative ways to sustain our state parks, Point Lobos is benefitting from the support of the Point Lobos Foundation. Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks. The Foundation is the sole source of funding for the model volunteer program, protects the Reserve's environmental health and historical integrity by funding work on trails, facilities and vegetation, and continuously strives to improve programs and services for approximately one million visitors each year.
Point Lobos is a natural reserve, not a park, and afforded the highest level of statewide protection. The purpose of a reserve is to forever protect an area of unique natural beauty and ecological significance. You can do your part by staying on marked trails, leaving natural objects where you find them, and respecting wildlife in their natural habitat.
Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse will host, “Point Lobos | Fundraiser," a large-format photo exhibition & reception featuring the photography of Manny Espinoza, benefiting the Point Lobos Foundation. This photography exhibition on the evening of May 25th will interpret the magic of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve as seen through the lens of local photographer Manny Espinoza. Stroll through the vibrant, energetic, and sophisticated Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse venue taking in the dramatic large format images of Point Lobos while sipping Folktale wine and enjoying small bites.
Large-format and small-format prints will be available for purchase. A percentage of proceeds will go to benefit the Point Lobos Foundation and the iconic Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. The Point Lobos Foundation has made lasting impacts that serve both the many species in the Reserve and the visitors from near and far.
Art Appreciation Day at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
Members of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association will be stationed on the trails at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Everyone is welcome to come and watch these artists as they create memorable artwork. All artwork will be offered for sale during and after creation with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Point Lobos Foundation. In addition, a special art-themed walk will be offered by docent Cynthia Wagner Weick. More information coming soon!
Did you know Point Lobos has docent-led free public walks almost daily? Docent-guided walks allow visitors to see Point Lobos through experienced eyes and gain insights that one might easily miss when walking the trails on one’s own. Docents are aware of seasonal events that many visitors miss, and can help in identifying the wealth of flora and fauna seen within the Reserve. These walks are less than a mile in length and can cover many interesting topics, such as nature, history, geology, tidepools and others. View Upcoming Walks