Ukiah Field Office

Point Arena-Stornetta

A Unit of the California Coastal National Monument

Point Arena Lighthouse


  • The California Coastal National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation on January 11, 2000, under the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906 and is comprised of over 20,000 rocks and small islands spread along the 1,100 mile California coastline.
  • The Point Arena-Stornetta Unit, which includes 1,665 acres of Federal land administered by the BLM along the Northern California coastline, was added to the Monument on March 11, 2014 by Presidential Proclamation.

Sea Lion Rocks


Birdwatching IconRevised Checklist of Mendocino County Coastal Birds Available

Mendocino County Coastal Birds checklist

(courtesy of the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society)


Parking is permitted along Lighthouse (County) Road at pull-outs.  Porta-toilets are provided.  No water is available.  Parking is also available at the Point Arena City Hall.  Limited parking is permitted at the end of Miner Hole (County) Road; however, the road is currently closed to vehicles approximately .1 mile from Highway 1.

Discover the Coast @ Point Arena


  • Situated along the rugged Mendocino County coastline just north of the town of Point Arena the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument is a unique and spectacular area that includes over 5 miles of undeveloped federal coastal lands, coastal bluffs, 2 miles of the Garcia River and its estuary, sandy beaches and dunes, and the 5 acre Sea Lion Rocks.
  • The diverse habitats found on this coastline provide a critical refuge for a number of threatened and endangered species including the Point Arena mountain beaver, the western snowy plover, Behren's silverspot butterfly and California red-legged frog.


Map of the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, located in Mendocino County, California.  This map cannot be made fully compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you need help using the information here, please contact the Ukiah Field Office at (707) 468-4000.

Printable Map (pdf)


There are many ways to experience the spectacular landscape of the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument.

  • Under interim management rules, people can use the area for daytime activities including wildlife viewing, hiking, bird watching, fishing, picnicking, nature photography and public access to the Mendocino Coast
  • Motor vehicles, bicycles, horses, and overnight camping will be prohibited, pending a final management plan. The nearby Stornetta Brothers Ranch buildings and 579 acre agricultural conservation easement are not open to the public.




The Point Arena-Stornetta coastal area contains many hazards including  sink holes and unstable cliffs.  Offshore rocks that are accessible at low tide can be underwater at high tide.

Use extreme caution when visiting this area.

Bureau of Land Management
Ukiah Field Office
2550 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 468-4000
Fax:  (707) 468-4027
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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