National dog park pet policy info.

Cabrillo National Monument

Located in the state of California

Cabrillo National Monument is at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California. It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. This event marked the first time a European expedition had set foot on what later became the West Coast of the United States. The site was designated as California Historic Landmark #56 in 1932. As with all Historic units of the National Park Service, Cabrillo was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.

  • Dogs on the Tidepool Trail only. To access the Tidepools with your dog you must drive down and park in one of the three tidepool parking lots.
  • Parking areas
  • Along roads
  • Campgrounds
  • Picnic areas
  • Must be restrained or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
  • Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times
  • Pick up after your dog at all times – Leave no trace
  • Saddle or pack animals are allowed in recreation sites only where authorized by posted instructions

*Please see more details for leash info

  • Pets any where around the upper monument: Lighthouse, Whale Watch Overlook, Event Bluff, Statue, Visitor Center, Bayside Trail, etc. (unless service animal)
  • Inside buildings (unless service animal)
  • Swimming areas (unless service animal)
  • Some cabins may not allow dogs.
  • Never leave your pet unattended or alone inside a vehicle
  • Never off leash – unless inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate or other portable kennel
  • Untagged dogs or dogs with uncurrent tags
  • Excessive barking

*Please see more details for leash info

  • Extreme range of weather
  • Extreme heat
  • Poisonous Snakes
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Spiny and prickly plants
  • Predatory animals
  • Be aware of animal traps and hunting areas
  • Ticks and biting insects
  • Do not drink from waterways
  • Bring plenty of drinking water
  • Swim safely, extreme water areas

Leash Laws: Most parks require dogs to be on a leash in some or all areas, however, some parks allow dogs off leash in certain locations, please consult the parks website before going off leash, Thank you!

  • Consult the park website before traveling all information is to be used as a guide.
  • Respect local wildlife.
  • Leave no trace – What you bring in, you bring out.
  • If you are visiting during the hottest months of the year, a “palm test” is recommended before walking your dog – place your hand on the pavement for a minute and see if it is comfortable there. If the pavement feels hot to your palm, it will be hot to your dog’s paws.

(619) 557-5450

Cabrillo National Monument Website

Cabrillo National Monument Camping

Cabrillo National Monument Hiking

Cabrillo National Monument Volunteer

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