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.
Discover Point Lobos is a new and engaging iPad app aimed at connecting young people to the wonders of California’s coast and marine protected areas. The app is now available at no cost on iTunes.
Activities include an “Ask a Docent” video series covering the unique natural resources within Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, over 100 interactive “Species Cards” introducing many members of the Point Lobos ecosystem, habitat overviews and trail games. “Sounds of Point Lobos” includes Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, Sea lions, Harbor seals, Sea otters, Great Blue Heron chicks and more. Food web games allow children to learn more about how animals support one another, and the “Whalers Cove Time Machine” allows players to span the history of this significant property.
Geared towards children ages 8-12, the primary goal is to foster California’s next generation of conservationists by embracing new technology.
The Point Lobos State Natural Reserve will close to visitors effective sunset April 10th until further notice. A list of the closures can be found here. Please continue to stay informed by visiting the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website here and the California Department of Public Health website here. Both websites are updated with the latest information and advice for the public.