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.
California State Parks is considering a reservation system for Point Lobos State Natural Reserve as part of a broader plan to balance safe public access with resource protection and protect the Reserve from damage by intensive visitor use. That broader plan includes ongoing research of human impacts to critical and irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, restoration projects to replace lost habitat, more effective trail boundaries, more effective and new methods of conservation messaging and increased enforcement within the Reserve.
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, collect native seed and remove non-native species. All are welcome, no prior experience is necessary and the group hosts workdays twice each month, rain or shine! More info.