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Cabrillo National Monument

Musings From Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument is one of the little gems of the National Park System. Located at the tip of Point Loma, a peninsula that’s on the northwest side of San Diego Bay. Only 160 acres and surrounded by a major Naval base and Coast Guard station, Cabrillo is nevertheless a tiny treasure — and because of its proximity to one of America’s largest urban areas, it’s one of the most heavily visited pieces of the park system.

In The Wake Of Conquistadors: Cabrillo National Monument

The view eastward from Point Loma, at just 422 feet above the Pacific, encompasses San Diego Bay, the city skyline, and the low silhouette of the Laguna Mountains against a brilliant sky. To the west, the surf pounds rocky cliffs and the steely-blue ocean stretches to the horizon. In 1542, Spanish conquistador Juan Cabrillo, the first “tourist,” gazed across the scenic landscape from this same viewpoint.

Traveler Readers Invited to "Test Drive" Prototype Website For Birding in the National Park System

OK, Travelers, this is your chance to add your input to how the National Park Service develops its websites. A prototype now in the testing phase revolves around birding in the parks, and we encourage you to see if it meets your demands!

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