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Morro Rock, Morro Bay

#1 of 17 in Nature in San Luis Obispo County
Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
Known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific, Morro Rock is one of California's most recognizable geological phenomenon. More than 23 million years old, the rock is a remnant of long-gone volcanic activity. Spanish explorers of the Pacific coast came across the rock, and mariners used it as a navigation point for centuries. Peregrine falcons and other bird species breed here, and sea otters frequent the spot. Climbing the rock is forbidden to anyone except the members of local Salinan and Chumash tribes, who consider the rock as a sacred site. A causeway connects the rock with the nearby beach. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Morro Rock by using our Morro Bay travel route site.
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  • Morro Rock is a great landmark and a defining Central Coast view. The geography of the Morro Rock and the other lava domes that comprise the Nine Sisters is very interesting. You can park near the...  more »
  • If you want to have a laid back relaxing time on the beach, Morro is IT! The rock is interesting, captivating and a great view. Sacred place for native people so you can’t go out there, but it’s...  more »
  • Grew up in the area during the summer, it's always been a part of my life. I love it here
  • Great place to visit when visiting the San Luis Obispo area. Beautiful coastline, windy beaches perfect for reading a book, chilly water, and gorgeous views. Very famous landmark of the area.

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