|On September 28, 1542, Juan Rodr?guez Cabrillo landed at San Diego Bay. This event marked the first time that a European expedition had set foot on what later became the west coast of the United States. His accomplishments were memorialized on October 14, 1913 with the establishment of Cabrillo National Monument.
The park offers a superb view of San Diego?s harbor and skyline. At the highest point of the park stands the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, which has been a San Diego icon since 1854. A statue and museum in the Visitor Center commemorate Juan Rodr?guez Cabrillo's exploration of the coast of California.
In a former army building an exhibit tells the story of the coast artillery on Point Loma. In the winter, migrating gray whales can be seen off the coast. Native coastal sage scrub habitat along the Bayside Trail offers a quiet place to reflect and relax. On the west side of the park is a small but beautiful stretch of rocky-intertidal coastline.
Cabrillo National Monuement
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego California 92106
From I-5 South or I-8 west: exit at Rosecrans St., right on Canon St., left on Catalina Blvd. From I-5 North: exit and left on Hawthorne St., right on N. Harbor Drive, left on Rosecrans St., right on Canon St., left on Catalina Blvd. Public Transportation; San Diego Transit, route 26.
Park Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 a.m. Bayside Trail: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Coastal Area: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lighthouse: 9:00 am. to 5:00 p.m. Bookstore: 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Family/Friends pass: $4.00 per vehicle or $2.00 per person (cyclists and walk-ins). Annual Monument pass: $10.00. Annual Golden Eagle Pass to all National Parks: $25.00. Golden Age & Golden Access Passes honored.