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.
Introduce your children to the wonders of Point Lobos with a fun and educational ipad app. Watch the teaser and download Discover Point Lobos free on the Google Play store or Apple app store today!
California State Parks and the Point Lobos Foundation are restoring valuable coastal bluff habitat in Point Lobos. Volunteers are needed to help plant native species and remove non-native species. All are welcome, no prior experience is necessary and the group hosts weekly workdays, rain or shine! For information, please contact Julia Fields, restoration ecologist.
Easy Access Adventure is an easy walk along the Bird Island Trail where several docents have interpretive displays. There is Harbor Seal pupping at China Cove and many birds nesting on Bird Island. The docents are there from 9:30 am until 12 noon. Fun for the entire family! The entire trail is ADA compatible
Nature and history walk around the Cypress Grove
Walk Theme: Habitats of Point Lobos. Meet at Info Station, we will walk the Cypress Grove Trail. Walk guided by Peter Fletcher.
Natural history of intertidal plants and animals. Emphasis on adaptations.