Rocks And Reefs: California Coastal National Monument
If you’ve never been to the U.S. West seashore, there are 1,100 miles, 20,000 rocky outcroppings, and dozens of reefs off the California coast alone. All of them are in the now-protected areas of the California Coastal National Monument. They’re not just photogenic, either: they’re home to a rich variety of wildlife.
Oregon Coast, Too
There’s a whole world of experiences contiguous to the California Coastal National Monument on the north, too. Route your itinerary through the unspoiled—and also protected—southern Oregon coast and enjoy the local communities there as well.
Ideas for your trip?
Spend a day finding out about how the rocks and reefs of the northern section of the California Coastal National Monument contribute to tsunami formation in the Crescent City area.
Learn about the ancient Native American communities which settled and thrived all along this coast for centuries.
Fly a kite on the many sandy beaches. Paddle in the tide pools. Go sea fishing among the reefs that now are protected by the California Coastal National Monument.
While there, linger in the small coastal towns that are sometimes tucked away off the Pacific Coast Highway.
Indulge your taste for clam chowder, walk in the rain-soaked forests of the north, or make full use of highway turnouts and side trips.
Bring along your binoculars and settle in for an hour or two at one of the excellent drive-up whale watching spots, perfect if you have a little difficulty getting around.
If you allow yourself leisure enough to head up the Rogue River on a jetboat, take the bumpy road to Fern Canyon, and walk among the Redwoods, it might take you 2 weeks or so to make the trip from the mouth of the Rogue River in Oregon south to the Point Arena Area of the California Coastal National Monument.
There are many public campgrounds, although Muddy Boots recommends focused research to find those that fit your budget. That’s because in California, you may find nasty $$$ surprises at the State Parks.
Look for federal campgrounds like those offered by the USFS. Many times, these will be slightly inland. Muddy Boots uses the Road Trip Planner App’s Public Campground Project to scope these out on the road or in advance. [Examples and Review at Ultimate Public Campground App OKC to Amarillo: Review]
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Photo credits. Featured image, Landels Hill Big Creek Reserve from Gamboa Point, Cabrillo Highway, CA: CC BY-SA 4.0 by Adamw1987 via Wikimedia Commons. Seals, California Coastal NM: CC BY 2.0 by BLM via Wikimedia Commons. California Coastal NM at Crescent City CA: CC BY 2.0 by BLM via Flickr. Kayaker, California Coastal NM: CC BY 2.0 by BLM via Flickr. Evening, California Coastal NM: CC BY 2.0 by BLM via Flickr. Point Arena Lighthouse, California Coastal NM: CC BY 2.0 by BLM via Wikimedia Commons.