Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, California
Dubbed by landscape artist Francis McComas as "the greatest meeting of land and water in the world," Point Lobos State Reserve, CA is one of the most visited natural attractions in Carmel and Monterey. Guests of the Normandy Inn enjoy easy access to Point Lobos, located approximately 3 miles from the hotel, an updated historic inn with WiFi on the village main street in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Point Lobos State Reserve, CA History.
The first inhabitants of Point Lobos were Ohlone tribes who established spring and summer villages along the creeks. Spanish explorers occupied the area in the 17th century and gave the park the name Punta de los Lobos Marinos, or "Point of the Sea Wolves" because of the barking sea lions who loll on its craggy rocks. Later, Mexican rancheros, Portuguese whalers, and Chinese abalone harvesters all settled here. Granite quarries were established at Point Lobos in the 1880s, and the army took it over during World War II. The state of California created the Point Lobos State Preserve in 1933, later annexing 750 underwater acres to establish the first marine reserve in the United States. [Top]
Point Lobos State Reserve, California Attractions.
For hiking, beachcombing, and wildlife observation, Point Lobos affords an extraordinary experience. More than 250 animals and birds make their home in the forest, along the shoreline, and in the tidepools and waters off the Point. Visitors will find many miles of hiking trails that lead to such sights as Bird Island, Cypress Grove, and Moss Cove; divers can explore 70 foot-high kelp forests, myriad fish and marine species, and look for seals, otters, and whales. [Top]
Point Lobos State Reserve, CA Hours & Information.
The Reserve is open daily 8 a.m. to a half hour before sunset. Regularly scheduled guided walks and tours of the Whaler's Cabin Museum are offered throughout the year; check with the ranger's station at the entrance for times. For more information, visit www.pointlobos.org. [Top]