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.
On June 5, Californians had a chance to address some of our state’s most important water, park, and natural resource needs. Voters supported the California Clean Water and Safe Parks Act, a $4 billion investment in the coming years to protect California’s own unique natural resources and ensure every Californian has access to clean drinking water and safe parks.
Join us any time between 10am and Noon for a unique type of walk. Visitors of all abilities are invited to experience on our beautiful ADA Sea Lion Point Trail. You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you walk fast or slowly, are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair. Docents with scopes, binoculars, otter pelts, photos, and more will be stationed along the trails to make Point Lobos come alive! Easy Access Adventure on our beautiful ADA Sea Lion Point Trail.
Nature and history walk around the Cypress Grove
Geology, Habitats and Human History of Point Lobos. This is an easy walk along the Granite Point Trail around Whaler's Cove, and we'll discuss the plant and animal communities, the geology that made Point Lobos possible, and the story of human habitation of Point Lobos. Maybe a chemistry lesson, a physics lesson or even a poem. Who knows? But guaranteed to be fun. Meet in the Whaler's Cove parking lot by 1:05PM. Walk guided by Peter Fletcher.