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.
COVID-19 created unprecedented challenges for many California State Park partners and volunteers working alongside park staff to provide world-class experiences to visitors.
Thank you, Parks California for launching a COVID-19 small grants program to provide financial support to California State Park Cooperating Associations and Co-Manager Partners. New signs can be seen on the trails at PLSNR to remind visitors of important precautions to ensure that visitors can safely enjoy the Reserve.
Open only to limited vehicle access and walk-in visitors. Please observe social distancing and protocols illustrated on the signage. Visit the California State Parks website for more detailed information.
Discover Point Lobos - A Tablet App for exploring Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Free on the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store. Recommended for ages 7 to 107.
This fun and feature-packed app provides an interactive experience while you take a virtual walk and learn about the animals, plants, and geological features that are found at the Reserve. Exceptional videos and detailed photos provide a personal connection with all the natural wonders of Point Lobos, including the striking geologic formation that forms the boundary with the sea.
Play the Food Web game, and as you unlock the secrets of the web of life you'll learn the names of over 90 animal and plant species that rely on each other to survive and to provide the balance required for healthy biodiversity.
Try your hand at balancing the ecosystem of a tide pool with a fast-paced and constantly changing mix of plants and critters that call it their home. Or take a tour through history and meet the many people who lived and worked at Point Lobos and find out why we all must protect this important natural environment for generations to come.