Just 15 miles north of Cambria on a rugged, windswept coastal point rests the historic Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. It was first illuminated in 1875 to guide mariners along the rocky California coast. The Bureau of Land Management now manages the Piedras Blancas Light Station as a historic park and wildlife sanctuary accessed by guided tours only. A variety of tours are offered year-round, including sunset and whale-watching tours as well as guided tours of the restored lighthouse and surrounding buildings.
Visitors meet at 9:45 a.m. at the former Piedras Blancas Motel located 1.5 miles north of the light station on Highway 1. Do not wait at the gate to the light station! Wheelchairs and strollers are available upon request. There is a limited amount of binoculars for your use at the viewpoints on the trail; please bring your own binoculars for the best wildlife viewing. Sorry, no pets. Tours may be canceled due to inclement weather.
Tours are offered every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning year-round.
Beginning June 15th through the summer, tours will be offered five days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (closed Sundays and Wednesdays).
16295-16349 Highway 1