Wildlife, Birds, Plants & Geology

The dramatic landscape of Point Lobos shows off its fascinating rocks and other geologic formations to both the casual visitor and dedicated scientist. At the same time, that land provides an essential home for many different species of animals, plants, and birds.

In even a brief look at the Point Lobos landscape, it is easy to spot groups of plants and trees that are called plant communities. Standing at one bend on the Cypress Grove trail, one can look to the left and see the cypress forest in the A.M. Allan Memorial Grove. Straight ahead there is a small meadow area, and to the right, an area of dense shrub growth growing right up to the edge of the pine forest.