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Dramatic Natural Beauty at Point Lobos

Explore the northern tip of the Big Sur coastline. This natural preserve features rugged coastal scenery, beautiful beaches and coves, wildlife and a protected underwater area for snorkeling and scuba diving. Wander up peaceful hiking trails to panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Central California coast.

Before You Go

  • Hours
    • Daily 8 am to 7 pm. No vehicles or pedestrians may enter the reserve after 6:30 pm.
  • Prices
    • Vehicles: $10
  • Events
    • Public Walks
    • Membership Meetings
    • Easy Access Adventures
  • Activities
    • Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
    • Tide Pools
    • Wildlife & Whale Watching
    • Coastal Scenery
    • Beaches
    • Hiking & Nature Walks

Questions & Answers

  • What should I bring to the park?
    Dress in layers as the coastal breeze can be 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.
  • Where can I go scuba diving at Point Lobos State Nature Reserve?
    With clear water and an abundance of sea life, this nature preserve is one of the best scuba diving spots in California. Its sheltered coves, valleys, and boulders offer a rich habitat for marine mammals, colorful invertebrates, and curious fish. Bring a wet suit.

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