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View of Prisoner Rock with interpretive sign in the foreground, CCNM, photo by BLM

Prisoner Rock with interpretive sign

Prisoner Rock in San Mateo County is a unit of the California Coastal National Monument


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Please use caution in the intertidal zone and respect local regulations regarding access to the rocks, islands, and pinnacles of the California Coastal National Monument.

Viewing access to this rock is available from the Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park managed by California State Parks.  The site around Prisoner Rock was known historically as Whaler's Cove.  Be sure to check out the California State Parks web site about Prisoner Rock to learn more about the rock and cove's unique maritime history.

Prisoner Rock at Pigeon Point is a Monument Gateway.  Be sure to download the free Pigeon Point Gateway Poster.

Pigeon Point Gateway Poster for the California Coastal NM

This location is an entry point to the California Coastal Trail California Coastal Trail logo

The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) owns land adjacent to the State Park and built a nice kiva-shaped rest area which provides perfect viewing of Prisoner Rock.

View of Prisoner Rock (right) from Whaler's Cove rest area, photo by E. Zaborsky BLM

This portion of the California Coastal National Monument is within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Bureau of Land Management
California Coastal National Monument
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023-2535
Phone: (831) 630-5006
fax: (831) 630-5055
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