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Morro Rock State Preserve

Morro Bay State Park Rd, Morro Bay, California 93442 USA

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“Gibraltor of the Pacific”

Morro Rock State Historic Landmark was formed about 23 million years ago from the plugs of long-extinct volcanoes. Member of the “Nine Sisters” of volcanic plugs. Home of nesting Peregrine Falcons. Closed to any climbing or disturbance. Morro Rock was an important navigational aid for mariners for over 300 years as it height of 576 feet made it the most visible in a chain of nine peaks. Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo named the rock “El Morro” in 1542. In Spanish "Morro" means crown shaped hill.Morro Rock, sometimes called the “Gibraltor of the Pacific,” is the last peak which extends from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay. 

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Reviewed by
Anthony Arata

  • 121 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
June 04, 2018
Rated 5.0

Such a peaceful place to come and spend a few hours. Just stopped here and the local otters love to put on a show for people. There’s also a bunch of grind squirrels that hang out here, who’ve apparently been very well fed.

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nicklight

  • 2 Reviews
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September 13, 2014
Rated 4.0

This wasn't on my list of things to visit, but I'm so glad I saw this. The views are exceptional.

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arosenb4

  • 7 Reviews
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September 15, 2019
Rated 5.0

Nice walkway along the rock, good place to see otters, seals, and birds.

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KatieMD82

  • 6 Reviews
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May 27, 2015
Rated 5.0

Beautiful place! Bring a jacket. Watch for seals, too. Very popular for surfing.

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Morro Rock State Preserve

Morro Bay State Park Rd
Morro Bay, California
93442 USA

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