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Point Lobos State Reserve
Point Lobos State Reserve
Category: Activities
62 CA-1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, 93923 866-338-7227

Point Lobos, Carmel's State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is more than just a park, it's an amazing, unspoiled outdoor paradise where visitors can see wildlife like sea birds, seals, sea lions, sea otters, and even grey whales while hiking the trails connecting the shoreline and its hidden coves. Recreational activities available at Point Lobos include scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and boating. There's also the Whalers Cabin Museum, a cultural resource in an authentic turn-of-the-century cabin.



  • Public walks
  • Easy access adventures


  • Guided walks
  • Cabin tours
  • Slide programs
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Stand-up paddleboating
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography


  • What type of wildlife can I see at the reserve?

    The undisturbed and pristine surrounds guests at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, making this a perfect place to view wildlife. You're almost certain to see the iconic sea otters for which Point Lobos is known, as well as other marine mammals like sea lions, harbor seals, and dolphins. There's even whale watching during the winter. On land, deer, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and brush rabbits. Look to the sky and you may see great blue herons, western gulls, woodpeckers, and songbirds.
  • What's the Whalers Cabin Museum?

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Whalers Cabin Museum is a cultural resource that pays respect to the area's history, and to the Chinese and Japanese fishermen who lived here in the 1850s. Converted to a museum in 1987, it now displays a collection of artifacts like Native American jewelry, grinding mortars, Chinese fishing equipment, photographs, models and more. Knowledgeable docents will be on hand to put the exhibits in context.

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