Visit the Stunning California Coastal National Monument — Why Fort Bragg Is a Gateway for Your Road Trip!

Fort Bragg is an official Gateway to the California Coastal National Monument. Here’s how the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior describes the Monument: "Waves explode onto offshore rocks, spraying whitewater into the air. Sea lions bark as they 'haul out' of the surf onto the rocks, and a whirlwind of birds fly above. These amazing rocks and small islands are part of the California Coastal National Monument, a spectacular interplay of land and sea."
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Fort Bragg is an official Gateway to the California Coastal National Monument. Here’s how the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior describes the Monument:

“Waves explode onto offshore rocks, spraying whitewater into the air. Sea lions bark as they ‘haul out’ of the surf onto the rocks, and a whirlwind of birds fly above. These amazing rocks and small islands are part of the California Coastal National Monument, a spectacular interplay of land and sea.”

Fort Bragg-Mendocino California Coastal National Monument GatewaySpring and Summer are the seasons for road trips, whether you’re driving a car, an RV, a motorcycle, or taking a cycling tour. If you’re planning a visit to the North Coast of California, the California Coastal Monument is a must for your itinerary.

Located off of the 1,100 miles of California coastline, the California Coastal National Monument comprises more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles between Mexico and Oregon. The scenic qualities and critical habitat of this public resource are protected as part of the National Landscape Conservation System, administered by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.

California Coastal National Monument Rock Formations
California Coastal National Monument Rock Formations

The rocks and reefs of the California Coastal National Monument are an essential part of our coastal ecosystem. Every Spring, baby harbor seals are born there, along with other species of wildlife. A great spot to catch views of these babies of the sea is on the beach at MacKerricher State Park, just north of Fort Bragg, off of Highway 1. The entire California Coastal National Monument region, especially along the coastal areas of Fort Bragg, is a marvelous place for birdwatchers, hikers, and wildflower enthusiasts. Visitors also enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing, cycling, horseback riding, and many other recreational activities.

 

In a previous post, we’ve mentioned the Grand Opening of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail on June 4, 2016 — you’ll want to add this wonderful trail to your plans for walking, running, biking, and enjoying dramatic views of the ocean, including California Coastal National Monument rock formations, from several vista points along the trail. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature with your family and friends — and the Coastal Trail is pet-friendly. You can watch a video about the new Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, courtesy of Mendocino TV.

Elk, California Coastal MonumentSome of the places in the Fort Bragg area where you can view parts of the California Coastal National Monument include MacKerricher State Park, the Pomo Bluffs, Ten Mile Beach, Glass Beach, the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Jughandle Beach, the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, and others. If you search for any of these locations on this web site, you’ll find more information about each of them. Watch The Talk of the Town blog for new posts about all the wonderful things to do and places to go in Fort Bragg!

Coastal National Monument at Jug Handle BeachIt’s time for some California Dreamin’ …and an unforgettable, refreshing trip to Northern California, to enjoy our beautiful part of the California Coastal National Monument!

 

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