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.

Reduced Operating Hours at Point Lobos

Beginning June 1, 2015, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve will begin closing at 7:00 p.m., rather than a half an hour after sunset.  The 7 p.m. closing will remain in effect until daylight saving time triggers a one-hour rollback of clocks on November 1, 2015. The change in closing time will benefit native wildlife in the reserve, which tend to be most active as they hunt and graze during the sunrise and sunset periods.

Otter Twins!

It's hard to know which part of this story is most exciting- the fact that otter twins were born at Point Lobos or the rescue effort on the part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation program.

Enjoying Spring at Point Lobos

Spring is a time of renewal and of yearly events that give great pleasure to our visitors – with an occasional surprise thrown in. Early rains have awakened our wildflowers and have given us a good showing this year. The annual gray whale migration has begun, and they have been frequently spotted close to shore. Harbor seal pupping has also started. One surprise is that sea lions have occupied the beach in Sea Lion Cove in large numbers.

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