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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 look 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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California Coastal Cleanup Day
International Coastal Cleanup Day
September 20, 2014

The California Coastal Commission is proud to announce that the 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state's largest volunteer event, will take place on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, from 9am to noon. The Cleanup is expected to draw tens of thousands of volunteers who, at more than 850 locations throughout California, will help remove tons of trash that have accumulated on California's beaches and inland shorelines.

Join local communities for coastal clean up efforts to improve our ocean and waterways.  Find a site near you.

For those who cannot attend Coastal Cleanup Day on September 20th this year, the Coastal Commission maintains a calendar of events taking place during the three weeks following the Cleanup, known as COASTWEEKS. Or learn more about a cleanup to record and remove potential Japan tsunami debris.

California Coastal Cleanup Day 2014 PSA

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September 20 - October 12, 2014

COASTWEEKS is an annual celebration of our coastal and water resources, taking place during the three weeks following the 30th California Coastal Cleanup Day on Septemer 20.

See a list of events organized by date. 

See a list of events organized by county.

Discover the Coast at Shelter Cove.

Plein Air at the Lost Coast
October 1 - 5, 2014
Shelter Cove, CA

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act by participating in "Plein Air at the Lost Coast" in the King Range National Conservation Area.  All ages and abilities are welcome to come and "Paint Outside."

  • Welcome Pasta Dinner, October 1, 5:00 pm.
  • Community Mural, October 2-5, 8:00 am.
  • BLM Guided Nature Hikes at Black Sands Beach and Hidden Valley, October 2-4,  9:00 am.
  • Plein Air workshop and demonstration, October 2, 9:00 am
  • Paint and/or view artists at work in locations such as Shelter Cove, Black Sands Beach, Abalone Point, Seal Rock, and Mal Coombs Park.
  • Children's Art Workshop at Chapel by the Sea, October 4, 9:00 am. 
  • Music and Art Show, October 4, 5:00 pm.

Artist viewing, community mural, plein air demonstration, guided hikes, and music are all free to the public.  Fees apply to other events.  For registration information, visit http://www.pleinairatthelostcoast.com/registration-form.html.

Sponsored by the Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation (SCARF). 

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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
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023-2535
Phone: (831) 630-5006
fax: (831) 630-5055
Contact us by e-mail

Last updated: 09-17-2014