Sun setting against an orange sky over the ocean

Coastal Visitation Patterns at Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument (San Diego, CA, USA) is a pint-sized unit of the National Park System (0.65 terrestrial km2) that attracts an average of 850,720 visitors annually (IRMA, SRSS Reports, mean visitation 2011–2020). The coastal area of the park contains well-preserved and sensitive natural resources, including sea cliffs, maritime sage scrub, and rocky intertidal habitat. Understanding small-scale visitor use patterns to this area can guide … Continue reading Coastal Visitation Patterns at Cabrillo National Monument

Lighthouse at night lit up with purple and gold.

Women’s Equality Day

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, VIP Sandy reminded us that today is the 102nd anniversary of the 19th Amendment. So let’s celebrate women everywhere. Two years ago, for the 100th anniversary, Cabrillo had a multi-day celebration lighting up the lighthouse in purple and gold. It was a wonderful event. You can revisit that celebration from a previous VIPVoice post. It’s hard to believe … Continue reading Women’s Equality Day

Have You Seen the Gray Foxes?

If you remember during the pandemic when the Park was closed, staff saw Gray foxes several times roaming through the empty park. Ranger Julia captured this short video of a Gray fox by the Visitor Center a few weeks ago during closing. Here is some more information about the Gray Fox available from Zion National Park. Gray Fox Facts 1. Gray foxes are actually quite common … Continue reading Have You Seen the Gray Foxes?

A fiery red sunset over the Pacific Ocean viewed from the Kelp Forest Overlook at Cabrillo National Monument.

Cabrillo Open Until Sunset During Summer Weekends

Cabrillo National Monument News Release Release Date: May 24, 2022  Contact: Elizabeth Skinner 619-885-5675 (   San Diego, CA – Cabrillo National Monument will be open until sunset on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting Friday, May 27 for Memorial Day weekend through Sunday, September 4 of Labor Day weekend. The tidepool area will be open until 30 minutes before sunset. Normal operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., … Continue reading Cabrillo Open Until Sunset During Summer Weekends

Wildspot AR Lands in San Diego

Augmented Reality game is designed to attract new audiences to urban National Parks  In the new mobile game WildSpot, a disturbance in the space/time boundry between Earth’s dimension and a neighboring one threatens to introduce unusual and potentially destructive organisms and phenomena to our planet. Fortunately, WildSpot players can locate, document and control these bizarre outbreaks before they destabilize our world.  Developed by the American Association … Continue reading Wildspot AR Lands in San Diego

Tan sandstone cliffs along a rocky beach. Gray pillowy clouds cover the sky.

Time Lapse Video of Changing Tides

A time lapse video was created on January 31, 2022 of the changing tides at Cabrillo National Monument. The video was created over nine hours showing the progression from high tide (+7.3 feet) around 8am going to a low tide (-2.0 feet) around 3pm. As the tide recedes from the cliffs, visitors start exploring the tidepools. The number of visitors can range from several hundred … Continue reading Time Lapse Video of Changing Tides