Cultural history and natural beauty in every step


Carmel-By-The-Sea is a haven for food and wine lovers and artists to show off their local talents along the walkable streets downtown. It is also a destination for those who want to have their breath taken away with nature’s beauty.

After strolling through the art galleries, restaurants, and tasting rooms downtown, head over to Point Lobos State Reserve along the Highway 1 – especially if the sky is blue on a perfect California day.


Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos has a deep history in Carmel that dates back hundreds of years to the Native Americans, the Ohlone tribes. They would set up villages during the spring and summer along the creeks for their gatherings and food preparation.

When the Europeans arrived in 1769, the Portuguese named it Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves (inspired by the barking sea lions laying on the rocks). For the next 100 years, the land experienced frequent ownership changes and was a hub for Chinese fisherman, Japanese abalone divers, Mexican rancheros, and Portuguese whalers.

In 1898, A.M. Allan acquired the land and teamed up with Save the Redwoods League to finally create the state park in 1933.

State natural reserves are areas embracing outstanding natural or scenic characteristics of statewide significance. The purpose is for the preservation of nature and its inhabitants.


Nature Lovers’ Paradise

Point Lobos has something for every nature lover: ocean vistas, rocky shores, crashing waves, scenic trails, majestic hikes, and diverse wildflowers.

You can take as little or as much time as you would like during the day to surround yourself with this incredible beauty.  With each step, you will feel nature and the cultural history that has existed for hundreds of years.

It is no wonder why this is one of the most visited natural attractions in Carmel and Monterey.


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There is beauty in every step around the trails of Point Lobos
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Watching the waves come in from the Pacific Ocean
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Dirt trails and rocky hikes around the state reserve
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The perfect blue skies add to the color of the gorgeous blue waters
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You can spend as little or as much time here taking in nature’s wonders
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Rocky formations of many sizes…
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…Small, large, and everything in between…
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…And all around the coast
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Sights like these provide appreciation and greater respect for nature and natural beauty


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Point Lobos State Reserve
62 California Hwy 1
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
8am to 7pm
Entrance fee $10 per car


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