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Young explorers examine poppies with magnifying glasses. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

Public Safety Phone Numbers: 

Emergencies:  911

Non-Emergency Law Enforcement issues or assistance:  831-242-7851


Please obey all posted restrictions. It is your responsibility to know the rules for your own safety and for health of special habitats, plants, and animals.

All animals must be on a leash and under the owner/handler's physical control within developed recreation sites at all times:  Dogs and stock must be on a leash/lead rope that is no more than six feet long and is held or otherwise attached to the owner/handler while in parking lots, at trailheads, along driveways, or anywhere else that signing indicates that pets must be leashed.

Observe barricades and signs marking unsafe, sensitive, or restricted areas:  Motor vehicles found in closed areas may be towed or impounded at owner's expense.

Non-street legal motor vehicles including motorcycles are never allowed on Fort Ord National Monument:  This restriction is required to reduce erosion and protect sensitive habitats and species. 

Use is non-motorized on authorized trails only:  Authorized trails are marked with brown or green fiberglass trail markers. Staying on these trails will keep you off fragile plant and animal habitats, out of poison oak, and out of dangerous unexploded ordnance areas.

Interim E-Bike Rules:  The BLM is in the process of modifying regulations that currently classify electric bicycles (e-bikes) as "motorized vehicles" that are prohibited from operating on the non-motorized roads and trails at Fort Ord National Monument.  Until those regulations are modified, the BLM is granting a blanket exemption for riders to operate pedal assist e-bikes on the Monument roads and trails that are also open to traditional bicycles.   Class 2 e-bikes (throttle operated), must be pedaled while operated on the monument roads and trails that are closed to vehicles.

Travel at Safe Speeds When Passing:  Most trails on the National Monument are open to hikers, cyclists, and equestrians. When approaching other visitors on the trails, cyclists must yield the path to pedestrians and equestrians.  Cyclists should never pass other oncoming visitors faster than 5 mph on single-track trails. 

Use of a closed trail is never allowed:  Red trail markers indicate a closed trail. Exception are granted with written permission by an authorized BLM officer. Trails that have no signs or are not shown on BLM's recreation trail map are also closed.

Use of Metal Detectors and/or removal of artifacts is not allowed on the National Monument:  Hazardous military munitions still may be present near some of the public use areas.  Non-hazardous military relics are objects and values of the National Monument and may not be removed as required under the Monument Proclamation.

Do not bring weapons:  Possession, use and/or discharge of any kind of weapon is never allowed; this includes paintball guns.

Fireworks are never allowed:  Even small open flames or fires have the possibility of escaping and becoming large.

Littering and dumping is illegal.

Wood cutting or collection is prohibited: Many animals use downed wood for nesting, sleeping or feeding.

Public use is allowed from dawn to dusk.

These closures and restrictions are under the authority of 43 CFR 8341.2. Persons violating these closures and restrictions shall be subject to the penalties provided in 43 DFR 8360.0-7 and 8340.0-7, including a fine not to exceed $100,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months.

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Created:  April 20, 2012
Size:  14,658 acres of public land

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Bureau of Land Management 
Central Coast Field Office 

940 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA 93933-6009 

Phone: 831-582-2200 

Email: BLM_CA_Web_FO@blm.gov

Leadership: Eric Morgan, National Monument Manager