This unspoiled stretch of coastal prairie runs from the highway to the ocean, along dramatic bluffs with spectacular white water views of the Pacific. You might see playful harbor seals or sea lions, or even a passing whale during the migration season. From this vantage point, you can watch the waves crash against dramatic rock formations, including a striking sea arch, or enjoy the vivid beauty of a sunset.
Watch the waves crash against dramatic rock formations, including a striking sea arch, or enjoy the vivid beauty of a sunset from this unspoiled vantage point
A trail loops through the preserve, which is home to many rare plants, ablaze with wildflower blooms in the spring. The trail is about a mile or so and is an easy hike, allowing for enjoyment of the clean, fresh air, the tranquility, and the stunning ocean vista. If you are driving north, this is your first clear view of the ocean, and if you are driving south, it’s the perfect place to take one last look before you go on your way, planning your return to the magical Mendocino coast.
Feel like getting your hands dirty? The Mendocino Land Trust has a volunteer clean up day at Navarro Point on the second Thursday of the month, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. All ages are welcome. Bring your own water and gloves. Tools will be provided.
Navarro Point Preserve is located north of Navarro beach and the junction of highways 1 and 128, across from Navarro Ridge Road. The parking lot is clearly visible from the highway and is located on the west side. The Preserve is open for day use only. There is no fee for parking or entry. Dogs must be on leash at all times. As always, exercise caution when approaching cliff edges, and dress in layers for comfort, since seaside locations like this tend to be breezy all year round.