Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Piedras Blancas Light Station

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A white light house and fog signal building on the coast.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – In honor of the 30th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the Piedras Blancas Light Station will be waiving all reservation fees on September 23. The public will still need to make reservations at Recreation.gov, but will be able to do so free of charge.

“We are excited to welcome the public to the light station free of charge on National Public Lands Day,” says Bakersfield Field Manager Gabriel Garcia. “Volunteers and staff will be on hand to make this a memorable experience for all who attend.”

Volunteers will provide visitors with a brief orientation and a brochure that includes a trail map. The trail is a short half-mile walk along coastal bluffs, offering sweeping ocean views of offshore rocks inhabited by peregrine falcons, sea lions, and elephant seals. Volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions and provide information about the light station and local wildlife. 

Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area is part of the California Coastal National Monument. Located on a rugged windswept point of land six miles north of Hearst Castle along California's scenic Highway One, the Lighthouse was first illuminated in 1875 and today beckons the visitor for respite from the modern world.

For more information, reach out to the Piedras Blancas Light Station Manager Ryan Cooper at 805-927-7361, the Bakersfield Field Office at 661-391-6000, email BLM_CA_Web_BK@blm.gov, or visit the Piedras Blancas website.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.