Fort Ord National Monument

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Fort Ord National Monument

California

(831) 630-5000

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Overview

Fort Ord National Monument is home to some of the last undeveloped natural wildlands on the Monterey Peninsula. This 7,200-acre portion of the former Army base at Fort Ord is now public land managed by BLM. The elaborate system of trails left behind by the military is well-suited to hiking, biking and equestrian use. Fort Ord contains one of the largest maritime chaparral areas in all of California, as well as oak woodlands, rolling grassy hills, wetlands and ponds. A number of rare plants thrive in the rugged hills, including the coast wallflower. On a single visit you can enjoy majestic coast live oak woodlands, aromatic maritime chaparral, wide open grasslands, or vernal pools. For many of the rare plants, 50-90% of their worldwide habitat occurs here. On a cool morning you could catch a glimpse of a badger, mountain lion or golden eagle. Maybe you'll see a black-tailed deer, turkeys, bobcats, coyotes, gopher snakes, red tailed hawks, Canada geese, coast horned lizards or California quail.

Map of Fort Ord

Latitude, Longitude: 36.624200, -121.780801

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Visitors may spot golden eagles, turkeys, red tailed hawks, Canada geese or California quails.

  • Bicycling

    Lands on the former Fort Ord offer 86 miles of trail on 7,200 acres open every day from dawn to dusk for mountain bikers.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Please contact the park for information about auto/motorcycle tours.

  • Hiking

    Lands on the former Fort Ord offer 86 miles of trail on 7,200 acres open every day from dawn to dusk for hikers

    The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail travels through Fort Ord National Monument. Along this trail, visitors are able to re-trace the steps of Juan Bautista de Anza, who led a overland colonizing expedition from Sonora, Mexico to upper California in 1775-1776. His route was reconstructed by comparing geographic features to details described in Anza's diary as he led about 240 people from Mexico through Arizona and into California. His expedition resulted in the establishment of the Presidio of San Francisco de Asis.

  • Horseback Riding

    Lands on the former Fort Ord offer 86 miles of trail on 7,200 acres open every day from dawn to dusk for horseback riders.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Visitors may catch a glimpse of a badger, mountain lion, black-tailed deer, bobcat, coyote, gopher snake or coast horned lizard.

    Remember to give wild animals the space they need from people so that you can watch their natural behaviors without forcing them to react to or be frightened by you.

Directions

Driving

From Monterey, travel 5 miles north on State Highway 1 to the Fort Ord/California State University Monltlerely Bay main entrance. Make a right onto North-South Road, travel 1 mile, and then make a right onto Parker Flats Cut-Off. Travel 4 miles and then make a left onto Park Flats Road. Travel 5 miles to Eucalyptus Road and the BLM office.

Phone Numbers

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(831) 630-5000

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