In the Spotlight
The Piedras Blancas Light Station is located on a rugged windswept point along California's scenic Highway 1. (Photo by Bob Wick/BLM)
Built in 1875 as a safety aid to mariners, the light station once cast a flashing, oil-flame light 25 miles out to sea, warning ship captains to steer clear of the white rocks.
Today, the light station, its first order lens and light structure long ago removed, casts a beacon to travelers on scenic California Highway 1 and continues to provide a navigational aid to ship traffic.
The Piedras Blancas Light Station is a perfect gateway to Discover the Coast .
A respite from the modern world, complete with historic architecture and abundant natural life, awaits visitors to the California Coast at the Piedras Blancas Light Station.
Inside My Public Lands
Spectacular scenery sings the siren's song to summer travelers along 1,100 miles of the awe-inspiring California Coast. Read the full story from BLM's new Magazine - My Public Lands.