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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

Wildflower Tour 
April 12, 2015, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fort Ord National Monument, CA

Join a guided wildlflower tour at Fort Ord National Monument during peak bloom. California Native Plant Society volunteer David Styer and Bureau of Land Management Botanist Bruce Delgado will lead the tour.

The tour will include several stops and short hikes to see rare and beautifully diverse flowers in such habitats as vernal pools, oak woodlands, maritime chaparral and native grasslands.

Please bring water, lunch and good walking shoes.

Reservations are required. To make your reservation, or for more information, contact Lynn Bomberger at (831) 375-7777.

Sponsored by the California Native Plant Society and Bureau of Land Management.  For more information about the Fort Ord National Monument, visit

Discover the Coast @ Fort Ord

Sea Otter Classic 25th Anniversary 
April 16-19, 2015, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California

The Sea Otter Classic is a four-day bicycling and outdoor sports festival and exposition that traditionally draws nearly 10,000 athletes and 65,000 fans at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, CA. The entire Mountain Bike course uses the trail systems on the Fort Ord National Monument.

The Fort Ord National Monument is hosting an information booth at the festival. Come see why Fort Ord National Monument was voted the best place to bike/mountain bike in Monterey County, 2014.

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Sea Otter Classic admission is free all four days for children twelve and under and for registered athletes (competitive or recreational). Discounts are given to the military and to members of the same family. See the Sea Otter Classic website for more detailed ticketing information.

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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