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Point Lobos State Reserve at California
Point Lobos State Reserve
Category: Attractions

Dramatic Natural Beauty at Point Lobos State Reserve

Situated at the northern tip of the Big Sur coastline, this popular natural preserve features rugged coastal scenery, wildlife viewing, and a protected underwater area for snorkeling and scuba diving. Wander up peaceful hiking trails to panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and California coast. Watch for wildlife, including sea otters, seals, sea lions, and migrating whales. Point Lobos State Reserve is also a protected marine sanctuary, which makes it an excellent spot for sea kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving amidst the 70' kelp forests. Join a guided walk to learn more about this California gem.



  • Public Walks
  • Membership Meetings
  • Easy Access Adventures


  • Diving & Snorkeling
  • Tide Pools
  • Wildlife & Whale Watching
  • Coastal Scenery
  • Beaches
  • Hiking & Nature Walks


  • What Should I bring to the Park to Make the most of the experience?

    Dress in layers as the coastal breeze can be a little chilly, especially in the evening. You'll also want to wear a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots. Bring binoculars for a closer look at the park's unique wildlife, along with sunblock, snacks, a camera, and a bottle of water for the trails.
  • What is scuba diving like at Point Lobos State Reserve?

    With clear water and an abundance of sea life, this nature preserve is one of the best diving locations in California. Its sheltered coves, valleys, and boulders offer a rich habitat for a wide variety of marine mammals, colorful invertebrates, and curious fish. Be sure to bring a wet suit.

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