Our tidepools have traditionally been described as comprising approximately 35 acres. They are divided into three management zones: Zones 1, 2, and 3 (see maps below).
Zone 1 is approximately 5 acres (the area accessible to the public is about 3 acres)
Zone 2 is approximately 4 acres
Zone 3 is approximately 23 acres and is closed to the public
TPERP provides a uniformed presence in the publicly accessible area of Zone 1, all of Zone 2, and along the coastal trails. Zone 3 is closed to the public.
To facilitate Cabrillo National Monument’s extensive monitoring and research programs along that part of the shoreline, Zone 1 was subdivided into Zones 1 and 1A and Zone 3 was subdivided into Zones 3 and 3A. You may hear those designations once in a while even though they are not normally used in TPERP.
Zone 1 = 3.2 acres
Zone 1A = 1.7 acres and is closed to the public
All of Zone 1 = approximately 5 acres and 300 meters of shoreline
Zone 2 = 3.9 acres
Zone 3 = 9.8 acres
Zone 3A = 12.7 acres and is closed to the public
All of Zone 3 = approximately 23 acres and is closed to the public
Learn more about our resource monitoring (nps.gov/im/medn/cabr.htm).
Last revised 7-Mar-21