Morro Rock
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Home to flocks of Peregrine falcons, egrets and blue herons, the 50-acre Morro Rock is the last in a chain of extinct volcanoes.
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  • TheCollegeInvestor
    San Diego, California16 contributions
    Excellent stop for families with young kids
    Excellent place to stop with kids. Big dirt parking lot was easy to get in and out of - even in the summer. Kids loved to go out on the jetty at the end of the rock. When the tide is out it’s a giant tide pool and you can see crabs and all sorts of wildlife. Our family had a blast for a quick hour stop. Plus, it’s free!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 2023
  • northernk
    Phoenix, Arizona12,659 contributions
    I got a Rock
    This sounds cool until you actually see it then you realize it's more that just cool it's pretty amazing to have a rock like this in your bay. Beautiful Bay and Morro Rock is certainly amazing'. So beautiful to view and see and made the sunset pretty amazing too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • MaryQ
    San Antonio, Texas354 contributions
    Morro Rock, something for everyone
    We spent a couple of hours at Morro Rock. There's so much to see on the way. My favorite sight is the wildlife, especially the sea otters playing in the water. There were sea lions fighting for a spot on the ledges of the boats that were docked there. Watch out for the squirrels though! They acted like they don't like tourists and will run towards you! We passed a PT boat, and walked along the boardwalk to the beach, then over to the rocky breakwall where we sat and watched the waves crashing over the rocks. The other side of the rock was calmer and you can spend some zen time with the Ocean there. It's totally worth it to walk out there and enjoy the sights.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
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MaryQ
San Antonio, TX354 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We spent a couple of hours at Morro Rock. There's so much to see on the way. My favorite sight is the wildlife, especially the sea otters playing in the water. There were sea lions fighting for a spot on the ledges of the boats that were docked there. Watch out for the squirrels though! They acted like they don't like tourists and will run towards you! We passed a PT boat, and walked along the boardwalk to the beach, then over to the rocky breakwall where we sat and watched the waves crashing over the rocks. The other side of the rock was calmer and you can spend some zen time with the Ocean there. It's totally worth it to walk out there and enjoy the sights.
Written 29 October 2023
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JBRetired
Apple Valley, CA472 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Nice easy hike along the boardwalk. First there are many places to walk. Also some great places to take a picture of both the rock and the water. Watch for the sea lions and otters in the water. If you are there on a windy day take a walk across the parking lot and watch the surfers on the north side. Finally a short walk past the power plant puts you at a number of water front Restuarants.
Written 13 October 2023
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dcg86
Denver, CO188 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Be sure to walk around the rock to the left of parking for incredible animal watching: sea otters asleep in the morning, seals, sea lions, and thousands of birds. Takes about 15 minutes, depending on how long you want to watch. They've done a good job protecting the area.
Written 9 September 2023
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northernk
Phoenix, AZ12,659 contributions
Jul 2023
This sounds cool until you actually see it then you realize it's more that just cool it's pretty amazing to have a rock like this in your bay. Beautiful Bay and Morro Rock is certainly amazing'. So beautiful to view and see and made the sunset pretty amazing too.
Written 25 July 2023
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TheCollegeInvestor
San Diego, CA16 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Excellent place to stop with kids. Big dirt parking lot was easy to get in and out of - even in the summer. Kids loved to go out on the jetty at the end of the rock. When the tide is out it’s a giant tide pool and you can see crabs and all sorts of wildlife. Our family had a blast for a quick hour stop. Plus, it’s free!
Written 22 July 2023
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland8,128 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
I have visited here on every trip to the West coast. It’s a beautiful area and the rock is the focal point. Great views, lovely walks and a quaint seaside town. If you are in the area stop here.
Written 25 October 2022
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MozzyYorkshire
Yorkshire145 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Lovely place.
Great to walk along the harbour. You may get to see some otters which often sleep in the harbour area.
Plenty to see and so hear.

Good bars, good food and easy to navigate
Written 15 September 2022
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Jeffrey S
48 contributions
Aug 2022
The rock was first mentioned by a westerner when Juan Cabrillo first sailed past it in 1540, and entered it in his ship's log, before proceeding down the coast to infect everyone with various diseases. You can understand why Morro Rock is considered a sacred spot by local indigenous peoples. Beautiful place, with lots of sea otters (8:30 a.m. is the best viewing time - they are still wrapped in the kelp beds, sleeping), and be sure to keep walking until you can't get any further. There's a wonderful, spiritual place where people have built more than 1000 rock towers. Be sure to build one yourself and thank the universe for the wonders of nature, except for the people who were screwing on the beach, clearly inspired by something or other.
Written 2 September 2022
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Louise Masin Sattler
Los Angeles, CA1,075 contributions
Jul 2022
It may seem that it is "just a rock" - but seriously - this is an amazing force of nature. Juxtaposed with an excellent background of the bay, home to flocks of birds, and then natural wildlife swimming about. Plus, the boats in the bay make this place a great area to visit. Bring your camera!
Written 13 July 2022
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada644 contributions
Jul 2022
We went to see the Rock in Morro Bay on our way from Los Angeles to San Francisco. This was on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.

Due to pressure on time we spent about 20 minutes on the beach and left after taking photographs. We saw the Rock again from Malibu where it looked like the rock was jetting out of the ocean.

We enjoyed our visit to this unique natural beauty and do certainly recommend all to visit this structure.

Am informed that the sunset is unique at this beach with the Rock.

Munir D.
Written 5 July 2022
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