Morro Rock, Morro Bay

4.6
#1 of 17 in Nature in San Luis Obispo County
Known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific, Morro Rock is one of California's most recognizable geological phenomenon. More than 23 million years old, the rock is a remnant of long-gone volcanic activity. Spanish explorers of the Pacific coast came across the rock, and mariners used it as a navigation point for centuries. Peregrine falcons and other bird species breed here, and sea otters frequent the spot. Climbing the rock is forbidden to anyone except the members of local Salinan and Chumash tribes, who consider the rock as a sacred site. A causeway connects the rock with the nearby beach. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Morro Rock by using our Morro Bay travel route site.
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  • Morro Rock leaves an impression in one's memory that will last a lifetime. A beautiful walk around the southern base, watching sea otters frolic and play in the sun, and a short but silky sand beach.....  more »
  • Parked in the town and walked to the front to see the rock, couldnt see any way to get nearer to it although obviously there is. I know you cant climb on it and I would have no wish to but some...  more »
  • It’s a great wind block depending which way the wind blows! We rode our bikes around the area and enjoyed stopping at various vantage points to enjoy the views. Mt bikes or hybrids work a lot better.....  more »
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  • Grew up in the area during the summer, it's always been a part of my life. I love it here
  • Great place to visit when visiting the San Luis Obispo area. Beautiful coastline, windy beaches perfect for reading a book, chilly water, and gorgeous views. Very famous landmark of the area.
  • The birds are so adorable, it is a great tourist attraction. I would reccomend going there just to hang out, and watch the water, and sealife!
  • I have enjoyed the seashore and dunes in the Morro Rock area since as a teenager in the 60s visiting my brother at California Polytechnic College. Excellent Hotel and dining is close by in San Luis Obispo.
  • Great place to explore nature, the area is protected for birds.
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