Stunning vistas of the wild beauty of the Mendocino coastline await you at the Stornetta Public Lands. Comprising 1,665 acres of coastal prairie and over two miles of dramatic shoreline, Stornetta was added to the California Coastal National Monument with a special Proclamation by President Obama in 2014, becoming the CCNM’s first and only on-shore section of the Monument. The Stornetta Public Lands extend from the historic Point Arena Lighthouse to Manchester State Beach.
Trails wend through the bluffs, allowing for leisurely hikes and breathtaking views of the ocean, sea stacks, and rock arches. Though you’ll share the trails and fields with grazing cattle, the Lands are a haven for wildlife, including some rare and endangered species. You might see seals sunning on a rock, or a rare Black Oyster Catcher wheeling overhead, or a majestic whale plowing through the waves on its annual migration.
There is no cell service, so bring a map with you since you will not be able to rely on phone apps or GPS. Due to the complex and fragile ecosystem of the Lands, dogs must be on leashes. Dress in layers, since it tends to be windy, and use caution when approaching cliff edges or steep beach access trails.
The Stornetta Public Lands are open daily from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. No camping is permitted.