Tidepool Permits

In order to protect this distinct and delicate ecosystem, Tidepool Permits are required for groups of ten or more to visit the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument during low tides of 0.7' and lower. If your group numbers less than ten, no permit is required.

Download the Tidepool Permit Application Form and return it to cabr_education@nps.gov.

Tidepool Permit Application Form


Tidepool Code of Conduct

For your group's safety and the safety of the intertidal organisms, please review the following rules with your group PRIOR to your trip to Cabrillo National Monument. It is the group leader’s responsibility to make sure your group knows and obeys these rules. There is zero tolerance for breaking any of the rules, and any group found to be disrespecting this fragile environment will be expelled from the tidepool area and the rest of the monument.

  • It's the law. Do not disturb or remove anything living or non-living. Federal regulations protect all objects throughout the park (36-CFR 2.1).
  • No scraping, probing, or prying instruments are allowed.
  • No containers such as buckets or cups inthe tidepools.
  • For groups with children, a minimum ratio of one adult for every five children is REQUIRED.
  • Chaperones must always remain with children in the tidepools.
  • Watch your step on slippery rocks.
  • Wear shoes with soles that provide good traction. Please no flip flops.
  • Please walk - don't run or rock-hop.
  • Stay on trails and be aware that cliffs are extremely unstable and dangerous.
  • Be aware of "sneaker waves" that can appear suddenly.
  • Always keep an eye on the incoming tide - don't get stranded

Park Rangers and Volunteers are stationed in the intertidal area during low tides to provide information, answer questions, and enforce regulations.


Please remember that access to the coastal area is only by vehicle via Cabrillo Road. Travel by any other means is dangerous and not permitted. There is no pedestrian access. Parking is limited, so we encourage carpools or bus transportation.

Last updated: September 19, 2022

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1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


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