Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
- Type: Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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South of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve receives praise from almost everyone who visits this pristine portion of coastal terrain. The dramatic rock formations rising from the ocean have most visitors gawking, while the cute creatures like pocket gopher and the rare southern sea otter keep the nature lovers smiling. The reserve's many trails offer hikers both easy and challenging opportunities: The Cypress Grove Trail is a common favorite.
One Yelp.com user says, "Pictures just don't do this place justice. If you're in the area, you HAVE to come here and experience this amazing park."
Parking inside the reserve costs $10, but many travelers park outside of it along Highway 1 and walk in for free. Visitors are welcome from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer and till 5 p.m. in the winter. For more information, check out the Point Lobos Foundation's website.