Point Lobos Preserved For Posterity
Point Lobos is a pristine locale on the Big Sur Coast of California a few minutes south of world-famous Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Point Lobos includes the Point Lobos Natural Reserve as well as two adjoining federally protected marine environments: The Point Lobos State Marine Reserve and Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area.
If not for the foresight of engineer Alexander Allen, who purchased a large parcel of Point Lobos in 1933, it would have been subdivided and ruined for posterity, as is so much of the Monterey and Carmel region (although there are a lot of beautiful areas that have been preserved).
If you like easy walks and moderate hikes, Point Lobos has many trails for you. Some meander through forested hills; others take you along the spectacular rocky outcroppings that make Point Lobos so famous.
Point Lobos also features a historic whaling museum in a rustic building that was once used by local fishermen.
What attracts countless visitors each year to Point Lobos cannot be seen from its scenic vista points because it is underwater. I can personally attest to the allure of scuba diving in a pristine marine environment; not as a scuba diver myself, but from my wife's own scuba diving at Point Lobos. Point Lobos is renown in the scuba-diving community.
That said, please be aware that Point Lobos' seemingly calm waters have caused the deaths of scuba divers. Always check local conditions before diving.
Point Lobos is a great place to see wildlife, from seals and sea lions to whales and porpoises. And, there are also plenty of birds, including one of my favorites: seagulls!
I also like the concretions (circular depressions) that are created when waves and wind erode the sandstone.
Photo credits: Glenn Franco Simmons.