California Coastal National Monument Expansion
Breathtaking landscapes encompass the newly added shoreline of the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit
What You’ll Find
The Point Arena-Stornetta Unit is the first mainland unit adding 1,665 acres to the California Coastal National Monument. Using his authorities under the Antiquities Act, President Obama designated the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit as part of the California Coastal National Monument which comprises more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs and pinnacles along the 1,100 miles of California's coast.
In addition to being scientifically significant with its diverse habitats, the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit is the ancestral home of the Central Pomo Indians and has a rich cultural legacy that dates back more than 4,000 years. Numerous cultural and archaeological sites are found on these lands.
The California Coastal National Monument is located along the entire length of California's shoreline including 1,100 miles from Mexico to Oregon, and extends 12 nautical miles (13.8 land miles) from the mainland. The Point Arena-Stornetta Unit is approximately 45 miles south of Fort Bragg along Highway 1. Parking is permitted along Lighthouse (County) Road at pull-outs and at the Point Arena City Hall.
There is no camping allowed within the California Coastal National Monument, however, nearby California State Parks offer overnight accommodations. Try Manchester State Park for first-come, first-served campsites or advance camping reservations at Hendy Woods State Park.
Make Sure You
Take great care with the local wildlife and plants. When visiting, please watch your step and avoid lifting or disturbing any of the plants or sea creatures. Tidepools are extremely fragile and can be easily damaged by humans.
Along this spectacular shoreline, the bluffs and coves offer fantastic wildlife viewing and whale watching opportunities. Several marine mammal species use the rocks for warming and resting as well as the ocean resources around them for forage and breeding grounds. Surrounding grasslands, forest and coastline also provide habitat for many different animals including black-tailed deer and coyote.
No visit would be complete to the area without a visit to the Point Arena Lighthouse, where a breathtaking 360-degree view of the coast, mountains and farmland is the reward for the climb to the top of the 300-foot-tall tower.
The Point Arena-Stornetta coastal area contains many hazards including sink holes and unstable cliffs. For your safety, please stay away from cliff edges. Unpredictable waves can be deadly. Stay alert for waves as well as high tides, and never turn your back on the ocean.
Discover the coast at Point Arena with a visit to the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit and learn more about this coastal resource, including coastal bluffs and shelves, tide pools, onshore dunes, coastal prairies, riverbanks and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River, that provide unique habitat for breeding seabirds, marine mammals and other native species.