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Discover the Coast @ Point Arena

A lighthouse stands near a rugged coastline along the Pacific Ocean.

The tallest lighthouse on the West Coast and unfettered access to 12 miles of California's undeveloped coastline await you at the California Coastal National Monument at Point Arena.

Thanks to the recent acquisition of land for public access you can hike from the city of Point Arena and cross unspoiled coastal prairies on BLM-managed public lands.  Or, you can choose to traverse the dunes and walk the wave slope at Manchester State Beach.

No visit would be compete without a visit to the Point Arena Lighthouse, where a breathtaking 360 degree view of the coast, mountains and farmland is the reward for the climb to the top of the 300-foot-tall tower.

Downtown Point Arena has friendly stores and shopkeepers and a historic theater, beautifully restored by the town’s residents.


Insider Tips


Climb the winding stairs to the top of Point Arena Lighthouse, tour the museum, and visit the gift shop.  Rent a lighthouse keeper's cottage for the night. 


During the winter look for a rare Laysan Albatross in Point Arena cove.


Visit  Bowling Ball Beach, near Schooner Gulch at low or minus tide.  You will discover an eroded reef with grooves resembling bowling lanes.  Sphere-shapped boulders complete the "bowling alley" effect. 


Two miles north of Point Arena, access the Stornetta Public Lands along Lighthouse road.  Graceful Tundra Swans winter here on this working landscape where cattle and farmining exist in harmony with hikers and wildlife watchers.


Wildflower fans will love the Manchester State Park where poppies, paintbrush, baby blue eyes, blue iris, sea pinks, and lupines thrive.  The park features a five-mile beach and unusual amounts of driftwood washed up from the Point Area catch basin.


Visit Historic Downtown Point Arena, beautifully restored by the town's residents.  See the Arena Theater, a must see Historical Landmark beauty.  Enjoy oceanfront dining and unique shopping opportunities.


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Discover the Coast @ Point Arena

2nd Annual Discover the Coast @ Point Arena Community Celebration
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Point Arena City Hall, 24000 South Highway 1, Point Arena
Point Arena Lighthouse, 45500 Lighthouse Road, Point Arena

Explore at your own pace a self-guided hike along 3.5 miles of coastal trail between City Hall and Lighthouse Road.  Visit stations staffed with docents to learn more about the history, geology, birds, botany, and marine life.

Visit City Hall to learn more at information booths, enjoy food vendors, and visit an art fair.  Mendocino College Coastal Field Station will have an open house, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm for folks to learn about research activities at the Station.

From 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Point Arena Lighthouse offers free Tower Tours and Explore at your Own Pace guide stations that provide information and maps to learn about the native plants, cultural, geology and seismology, and whales of the Point. 

Discover the Coast @ Point Arena

National Lighthouse and Lighthouse Preservation Day
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Celebrate National Lighthouse and Lighthouse Preservation Day by visiting the Point Arena Lighthouse and museum.

Commonly known as the "Lighthouse Act of 1789," an "Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers" was signed by President George Washington on August 7, 1789.

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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Last updated: 07-10-2015