301. Point Lobos: Rules/COVID-19 NOTICE

301. Point Lobos: Rules/COVID-19 NOTICE

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  • Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
  • Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings. For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
  • Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.

To make your visit enjoyable and to protect this unique natural environment, we ask that you observe the rules that apply to this Natural Reserve.

Unlike a State Park, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve has special rules that protect both its unspoiled beauty and wildlife; and provide for the safety of our visitors. There are no places within the Reserve for sport activities. Drones are also prohibited.


Fires, barbecues and the use of stoves are not allowed. All type of Smoking is prohibited within the Reserve.


Eating is allowed only on tables in the picnic areas at Whalers Cove, Piney Woods and Bird Island parking lots, or in your vehicle. Please do not eat snacks along the trails, or on benches.


All the animals within the Reserve are wild. Do not feed them; protect their health and your safety.


You may not collect, remove, or disturb any natural objects. This includes flowers, mushrooms, wood, rocks, shells, and all tide pool life, and kelp along the shore.


No dogs are allowed in the Reserve. Only Service animals are permitted, and properly-tagged service animals in training. Please check in with the entrance kiosk.


The 750 acres of coastal water surrounding Point Lobos is a protected marine reserve. Fishing is prohibited in the Reserve waters, and scuba-diving is by permit only. Diving regulations are available at the Entrance Station. Swimming is allowed only at Gibson Beach, the only sandy beach in the Reserve.

POISON OAK AND TICKS - are abundant in the Reserve. However, if you stay on the marked trails you can avoid both. Poison oak brush can give you a rash, and ticks can transmit disease.


Along the South Shore, keep a safe distance from waves, and stay back from the rocky cliffs and shoreline. Do not walk on areas marked as environmentally sensitive, or closed for restoration.

Pedestrians should avoid paved roads. Remain on trails and within wire guides, except where shoreline access is indicated by stairs or is directly adjacent to a trail. The trees in the Reserve are there for their natural beauty, please do not climb on them. Rock climbing is also not allowed.

The Vehicle SPEED LIMIT is a very slow 15 mph. This is to help you watch for wildlife or pedestrians crossing the road. Bicycles are allowed on paved roads only, and may not be ridden or walked on any trails.