309. Point Lobos: Habitat Panel / Info Station

One of the coolest things about Point Lobos is the variety of habitats you will find here. A habitat is the natural home environment for plants and animals, and each feels a little different when you walk through and observe them. The display at the rear of the Information Station depicts the various habitats within Point Lobos.

Do you like sea spray and tide pools? Then the rocky South Shore is for you. Some of the most exotic animals in the Reserve live there, like bat stars, anemones, purple sea urchins and hermit crabs. Check the tide chart for the best low tide times to explore the Intertidal Habitats at Weston Beach and Moss Cove.

In the cool shade of the Forest Habitat, Monterey pine and Cypress forests provide habitat for squirrels, birds and deer. This is an especially fun place to look for “creature clues” like the stick houses built by wood rats, burrows, and gnawed pine cones left by hungry gray squirrels.

Look down from the cliffs above the sea and you’ll see floating on the surface the “blades” that are the tops of kelp, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for sea otters, harbor seals, herons, and egrets that make the State Marine Reserve their home.

Point Lobos has an abundance of wild flowers that bloom from early spring into late summer. The species of plants in the Reserve have adapted to survive harsh sun, salty air and little water in the Coastal Scrub and Prairie Habitats. You'll find most flowering plants on the sunny trails that follow the perimeter of the land.  Look for brush rabbits, lizards and other small creatures that hide in these places.

Time to go explore!