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Featured Events

Apr
27
2014

Big Sur International Marathon

Apr. 27
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world -…more
May
2
2014

Steinbeck Festival

May. 2-May. 4
This annual festival consists of several days of films, speakers, panels, theater,…more
May
2
2014

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

May. 2-May. 4
This entirely new series created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports…more
May
2
2014

Wildflower Triathlon

May. 2-May. 4
One of the premier triathlons nationally and internationally, this course will test…more
May
3
2014

Winemakers' Celebration

May. 3
Over 30 Monterey County wineries from 9 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) will…more
May
9
2014

Monterey Rock n' Rod Festival

May. 9
The annual festival was envisioned as a fun and entertaining way to raise…more
May
14
2014

Amgen Tour of CA Stopover

May. 14
The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California,…more
May
15
2014

Carmel Art Festival

May. 15-May. 18
Carmel-by-the-Sea highlights its artist colony origins with the Carmel Art Festival.…more
May
15
2014

Salinas Valley Fair

May. 15-May. 18
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival,…more
May
16
2014

Cooking for Solutions

May. 16-May. 18
The culinary event of the year, Cooking for Solutions features great chefs, gourmet…more
May
16
2014

Ferrari Racing Days

May. 16-May. 18
Ferrari Racing Days return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with three full days of…more
May
23
2014

California Roots Music & Arts Festival

May. 23-May. 25
The 5th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event packed…more
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Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel

Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel

Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos has been called "the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world" and "the crown jewel of the state park system." It has diving unmatched on the California coast, great hiking, perfect picnic spots, vistas and wildlife well-suited for painting or photography, and even an old whaler's cabin. In the winter, migrating gray whales are visible from the shore.

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Explore all of the California State Parks in Monterey County with a three-day Monterey State Parks pass, exclusively available on SeeMonterey.com! The three-day State Parks pass gives visitors three days of in-and-out privileges at every California State Park in Monterey County, including Point Lobos, Pfeiffer Big Sur, Andrew Molera State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Purchase the pass on its own, or combine it with a hotel stay and other outdoor activities! Book It!

Wildlife

The ocean at Point Lobos is home to sea lions, harbor seals, elephant seals, sea otters, and is a year-round stopping point for orcas. Visitors can even whale-watch without leaving dry land; gray whales migrate past this area from December to April, and can be easily seen from the coast.

There are even more animals on land at Point Lobos than there are in the ocean. Though many of them, such as the gray foxes, raccoons, coyotes, striped skunks, opossums, and mountain lions, are primarily nocturnal, you may still see them during the day. You may also catch sight of weasels, deer, badgers, bobcats and rabbits.

While Pacific Grove is known for its Monarch butterfly sanctuary, not many people realize that Point Lobos also provides an important wintering-over spot for these flying jewels.

Birding

Point Lobos is a birders' paradise! Birders can check a number of feathered friends off their lists after just one visit. Smaller birds include the chestnut-backed chickadee, the pygmy nuthatch, Anna's hummingbird, the spotted towhee, the dark-eyed junco, scrub jays, wrentits, the white-crowned sparrow, and the California quail. Turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, and the American kestrel can also be spotted. Seabirds regularly seen at Point Lobos include the brown pelican, the rock pigeon, the black oystercatcher, Brandt's cormorant, the western gull, the killdeer, the great and snowy egrets, and the great blue and black-crowned night herons.

Hiking

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve has a number of excellent hiking trails that range from easy to challenging. Refer to the second item on our list of Top Ten Day Hikes in Monterey County for detailed information on these hikes, including online Point Lobos trail maps.

Diving

If you stick to land, you'll miss the most awe-inspiring part of Point Lobos - the part that lies underwater. As part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the undisturbed aquatic life in Point Lobos is one of the most varied in the world. The incredible array of marine diversity and towering kelp forests make Point Lobos a preferred diving spot; call ahead at 831-624-8413 to make a reservation. The Point Lobos State Reserve website has Point Lobos maps and dive site videos.

Whalers Cabin Museum

While whales passing by Point Lobos are now considered a thing of natural beauty, in the 1800s they were considered a natural resource. The building known as the Whalers Cabin was inhabited by Japanese and Chinese fishermen beginning in the 1850s. The cabin has been restored to look as it did in the 1800s; the former garage for the building now presents a history of the shore whaling industry on the Monterey Peninsula.

Point Lobos Map

This majestic spot for hiking and diving is easily accessible; just drive south on Highway 1 three miles from Carmel.


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