Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619) 557-5450
**Open Every day from 9am-5pm**
Passenger vehicle: $10.00 per vehicle Motorcyclists: $7.00 per vehicle Walk-ins/bicyclists: $5.00 per person
Hike: There are many trails on this land Level: Each hike varies in level of difficulty
Dog-Friendly: No Kid-Friendly: Yes
From Wikipedia: Cabrillo National Monument is located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California. It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. This event marked the first time that a European expedition had set foot on what later became the West Coast of the United States. The site was designated as California Historical Landmark #56 in 1932. As with all historical units of the National Park Service, Cabrillo was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
On October 14, 1913, by presidential proclamation, Woodrow Wilson reserved 0.5 acres (2,000 m2) of Fort Rosecrans for “The Order of Panama … to construct a heroic statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.” By 1926 no statue had been placed and the Order of Panama was defunct, so Calvin Coolidge authorized the Native Sons of the Golden West to erect a suitable monument, but they were also unable to carry out the commission.
A major renovation of the half-acre monument was undertaken in 1935; the deteriorating lighthouse was refurbished, a new road to the monument was built, and the Portuguese ambassador to the United States presented a bronze plaque, honoring Cabrillo as a “distinguished Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain” who made “the first Alta California landfall”.
Personal Experience: Though this would be considered one of San Diego’s tourist traps, it is also one of the most historically significant parts of our city as well. The hiking trails offer great glimpses of abandoned bunkers and gun positions, the old lighthouse, impressive tide pools and a cave which is not accessible to the public due to safety reasons. You’re definitely entering the cave at your own risk if you decide to check it out!
Check out this cool map from their website:
We first stopped by their museum before heading down to explore the tide pools:
There are many different hiking trails you can take, all of which are interesting in my opinion. You will come across a lot of old history on these trails!
Look out for bunkers!
I am actually super curious about this little cave I saw in a ditch. Obviously completely overgrown with brush now but I wonder how deep it goes and if it is actually an old mine? Impossible to tell! This shot was majorly zoomed in btw:
Filled in mine:
We spotted an osprey!
We found an old gun position. From what I was told, the military built cannons on circular mini railroad-like tracks in multiple locations along the west coast.