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Discover the Coast at Shelter Cove

Waves from the Pacific Ocean crash on the rocks at Shelter Cove.  Photo by Bob Wick, BLM
Waves from the Pacific Ocean crash on the rocks at Shelter Cove.  (Photo by Bob Wick, BLM)

Steep terrain and towering mountains, cascading and crystal-clear rivers, endless views of the Pacific Ocean, and the abundance of wildlife frame a truly unique landscape along The Lost Coast.
Visit the historic Cape Mendocino Lighthouse open seasonally to the public for guided tours. Explore the rocks, reefs and tide pools below Mal Coombs Park.  See seals and sea lions, an occasional otter, and during migration seasons, catch a glimpse of migrating whales. At the north end of the community is Black Sands Beach, providing visitors the opportunity to stroll along the beach or backpack up the coast.

Insider Tips


Watch for resident and migrating birds near the shore, including pelicans, gulls, terns, pelagic comorants, and bald eagles.


Bring your binoculars to see harbor seals and sea lions on offshore rocks at Seal Rock Picnic Area.


Watch as California gray whales pass within 100 yards of the shore as they migrate during the months of January and February.


Carefully explore tide pool life in Mal Coombs Park.


See how many of the nearly 300 species of native and migratory birds you can spot in the King Range National Conservation Area.  Look closely and you may see a spotted owl, pileated woodpecker, and bald eagle.


Prepare for rapid weather changes by wearing layers and carrying rain gear.  This area is known to be one of the wettest spots on the California coastline. 


Mountain Bike a 14-mile loop on the Paradise Royale Mountain Bike Trail.


Hike the many trails in the King Range National Conservation Area.  Allow at least three days to hike the entire Lost Coast Trail.


Explore two histioric lighouses located in the King Range National Conservation Area - Cape Mendocino and Punta Gorda.

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Bureau of Land Management
California Coastal National Monument
940 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA 93933-6009
Phone: (831) 582-2213
fax: (831) 582-2266
Contact us by e-mail

Last updated: 11-24-2015