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Discover the Coast @ Fort Ord

Trees and lush grasses cover rolling hills.

A rich history, diverse habitat and bountiful recreation opportunities await you at the Fort Ord National Monument, another coastal gem managed by the Bureau of Land Management along with state and local partners.

More than 86 miles of trails provide opportunities for you to hike, bike or ride your horse through rolling hills, pockets of chaparral and oak woodlands.  You will see a huge diversity of plant life and animals in habitats that include streamside corridors, grasslands and seasonal pools.

It’s all in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula, with its many attractions, abundant natural resources and beautiful access to the California Coast.

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Located near the Monterey Bay, hike, bike, and ride horses on 86 miles of rugged trails


Explore the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail on Trail 1 from the Creekside trailhead.


Bring your binoculars to catch a glimpse of black-tailed deer, turkeys, bobcats, coyotes, gopher snakes, red tailed hawks, Canada geese, coast horned lizards, or California quail.  You might also see badger, mountain lion, and golden eagle.


See one of the largest remaining expanses of maritime chaparral composed of shrubs like manzanitas, wild lilac, and chamise.


Honor the historical significance of Fort Ord, including its role in the Spanish settlement of California and in the military training of 1.5 million American soldiers who fought in World War I, World War II, the Korea War, and the Vietnam War.

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Discover the Coast @ Fort Ord

Guided Nature Walk 
May 17, 2014, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fort Ord National Monument Work Center, CA

Join a guided hike into Fort Ord National Monument lands currently managed by the U.S. Department of the Army.  See former artillery target areas that have undergone extensive munitions clean-up, see interesting Army vehicles, such as armored personnel carriers, gamma goats, a tank, and more.   Enjoy beautiful wildflowers that are reclaiming former training areas.

Reservations are required.  Learn more on the Fort Ord Cleanup website .

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army. For more information, call (831) 393-1284, or go to  http://www.fortordcleanup.com/archives/meetings/2014-05-17-guided-nature-walk/ .

Discover the Coast


California Coastal National Monument 14th Anniversary
January 11, 2015

Join local communities for a fun time celebrating the 14th Anniversary of the California Coastal National Monument.

Bureau of Land Management
California Coastal National Monument
Bureau of Land Management
2800 Cottage Way, W-1623 
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 978-4636
fax: (916) 978-4657
Contact us by e-mail

Last updated: 04-23-2014