San Diego National Parks

National Parks in San Diego

Cabrillo National Monument is the only San Diego National Park. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses Grant signed into existence the world's first national park. Since then, hundreds more have been established. These parks are awe inspiring natural wonders and offer endless activities. California has several of these National Parks and Monuments. Explore tide pools and lighthouses and learn about the victories and hardships of Spanish explorer, Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, the first European to discover San Diego.

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San Diego National Parks

Point Loma Lighthouse

Cabrillo National Monument is located on the northwestern point of the San Diego Harbor entrance and is accessed by Highway 209. On September 28, 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed at San Diego Bay which was the first European expedition to land on the west coast of the United States. The Point Loma Lighthouse, Cabrillo Monument, Bayside trail and Cabrillo tide pools can all be explored here. Bayside trail is a short two-mile hike offering breathtaking views of Coronado Island, Silver Strand Beach and the San Diego skyline. The Cabrillo tide pools are a one-mile stretch of sea anemone, starfish, crab and octopus filled tidal pools below Point Loma. Whale watching is possible with a set of binoculars from the Visitor Center.

Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 557-5450

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