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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.

Insider Tips


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.


View tri-colored blackbirds and observe their unusual nesting activities from Oil Well Road.  This colony nests on the Fort Ord National Monument in a patch of stinging nettles and poison hemlock, when they normally prefer marsh vegetation such as tules or cattails. 


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

National Conservation Lands 15th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Fort Ord Reuse Authority Patio
920 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA  93933

Join us as we unveil a new Fort Ord National Monument portal sign that captures the splendor of this extraORDinary component of the National Landscape Conservation System.

The festivities will include a talk by BLM California State Director Jim Kenna, and glimpse of the future Central California Field Office across from the Fort Ord Reuse Authority.

For more information call (831) 394-8314, or email

Co-hosted by the Bureau of Land Management, Fort Ord Reuse Authority, monument supporters, and FORT Friends.

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