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Fort Ord National Monument - Recreation Opportunities 


Mountain biking on the Fort Ord National Monument, photo by BLM


The Fort Ord National Monument  offers world-class recreation for residents and visitors to the Central California Coast.  Lands of the former Fort Ord offer 86 miles of trail on approximately 7,200 acres - open every day from dawn to dusk for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, wildlife/wildflower photographers and nature enthusiasts.  Visitors can choose to walk or ride the narrow single track trails atop the grassland hills or the generous winding trails through oak woodlands and maritime chaparral.

Fort Ord National Monument Trail Map

Fort Ord National Monument Brochure

Botanizing Virtual Herbarium

Directions to the Fort Ord National Monument from Highway 101:

Take exit 326C toward Monterey Penninsula and make a right onto S. Sanborn Rd.  Continue onto E. Blanco Road for 1.5 miles, then turn left onto CA-68 W/S. Main St.


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To reach Creekside Trailhead Access from CA-68 W:

Follow Highway 68 for 2.3 miles and then take exit 20 for Reservation Rd/River Rd.  Turn right onto County Rd G17/River Rd, then take the 1st left onto Portola Drive and continue onto Creekside Terrace.  The Creekside Trailhead parking area is approximately 0.5 miles down the road.

To reach Badger Hills Trailhead Access from CA-68 W:

Follow Highway 68 for 5.5 miles.  Parking area will be on the right side of the road, opposite of the Toro Place Cafe.

To reach Laguna Seca Trailhead Access from CA-68 W:

Follow Highway 68 for 9 miles, make a right into Laguna Seca Recreation Area, and take the first right onto "A" Rd.  Continue up the hill for 1 mile, and make a slight right at the "Y" onto S. Perimeter Rd.  The parking area for the Laguna Seca Trailhead is on the left side of the road, opposite the restrooms.  Follow the signs through the campgrounds to reach the trailhead.


Trail Access Points to Fort Ord National Monument:

Creekside Trail Access Point, photo by BLMCreekside Access


   Badger Hills Access Parking Area  Badger Hills (Highway 68) Access

Laguna Seca Trail Access Point, photo by BLMLaguna Seca Access



Anza NHT logoJuan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail on Fort Ord National Monument

There are many stories to be told on the former Fort Ord - some are found under logs or in wetlands.  Some stories are found in diaries and notes from long-ago travelers: visitors are able to re-trace the steps of Juan Bautista de Anza who led a overland colonizing expedition from Sonora, Mexico to upper California in 1775-1776.  His route was reconstructed by comparing geographic features to details described in Anza's diary as he led about 240 people from Mexico through Arizona and into California.  His expedition resulted in the establishment of the Presidio of San Francisco de Asis.  The BLM manages portions of the trail in cooperation with the National Park Service.  The National Park Service administers the entire trail system in partnership with many private, local, state and federal agencies including the BLM.  Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is one of many National Historic Trails on BLM lands.


Eric Morgan, Monument Manager
Bureau of Land Management
Hollister Field Office
Fort Ord National Monument
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: (831) 394-8314
Fax: (831) 394-8346
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Rick Cooper, Field Manager
Bureau of Land Management
Hollister Field Office
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: (831) 630-5000
Fax: (831) 630-5055
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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