Basic Information

Spiral Staircase in Old Point Loma Lighthouse
A spiral staircase is a great way to get you to the top floor of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, but you don't have to go around in circles before your visit - there is lots of information available to help you pre-plan your trip to Cabrillo National Monument!

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In this section you can get the basic information you need to plan your visit. You can find about:

Operating Hours and Seasons - When are we open

Fees & Passes - How much is the entry fee and what passes are available?

Current Closures - Use this link to see if there are any current closures at the Park.

Permits & Reservations - Here you can find about special permits

Pets - Can you bring pets to Cabrillo?

Weather - What's the weather like?

Park Brochure - The brochure is available in a variety of formats.

The low tide time if you wish to explore the tidepools. You can telephone the park at (619) 523-4285, extension “0”, use this link to look at our tide charts, or search the Web for online tide charts for the Point Loma area.

Possible Temporary Closure of Road to Tidepools - On weekends and Holidays and when there is a good low tide the road to the tidepools may be closed periodically when tidepool parking lots are full to capacity. The road to the tidepool area will be closed (usually 30-45 minutes), until sufficient capacity in the parking areas becomes available. This temporary closure of the road allows for traffic to flow freely and allows a more pleasant experience for the visitor by reducing the number of people and reducing the damage to the fragile ecosystem. Please plan your trips to allow for this delay. Thanks for your patience with our staff when dealing with this issue.

Cabrillo National Monument is a smoke-free and trash-free park.
Cabrillo National Monument is a smoke-free park. All areas of the park are closed to smoking, which includes tobacco cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and vaping.

In November 2010, the park became "trash-free" with the removal of 95% of the garbage cans and recycling bins from the grounds. Please help us maintain our "trash-free" park by packing out whatever you bring in.

There is no cell phone service down by the tidepools.

Be aware that if you use a driver for hire for transportation to the park, make arrangements for a pickup time and location. Otherwise you will not be able to contact them and you may have to walk up the hill from the tidepools to the top of the park to get cell phone coverage.


Last updated: June 29, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


619 523-4285

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