California Coastal National Monument Gateway - Trinidad, CA

Welcome to our CCNM Trinidad Gateway pages

Local California Bureau of Land Management representatives collaborating with representatives from the City of Trinidad, the Trinidad Rancheria, the Trinidad Museum, the Humboldt North Coast Land Trust, the Humboldt State Marine Lab, the Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce and friends welcome you to our pages for the CCNM Trinidad Gateway. Here you'll find news and information about this project and its participants, the Trinidad Gateway, the CCNM, and more.

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Working together, we're helping to protect and provide for public enjoyment of this unique part of the California coastline.

California Coastal National Monument Poster 10th Anniversary

California Coastal National Monument - 10th Anniversary

The year 2010 marks the 10th Anniversary of both the California Coastal National Monument and the National Landscape Conservation System.

"Join us throughout the year at the California Coastal National Monument as we celebrate this milestone." -BLM

Celebration in Trinidad June 19 and 20, 2010

The 53rd Annual Trinidad Fishing Festival celebrated the area's historic sport and commercial fishing, and recognized the CCNM 10th Anniversary, the Trinidad Rancheria, and the Trinidad Museum. On Saturday, a photo exhibition featuring photographs of the monument by the BLM’s own Bob Wick was hosted by local BLM representatives to start the weekend celebration. For the Festival Sunday, they recognized education program accomplishments, provided guided hikes and kayak tours, and hosted kids activities.

The treasured landscapes of the Conservation System are specially designated and managed to conserve, protect, and restore their exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreational values.

Trinidad Gateway

Welcome to Trinidad's lovely, lonely coast. Here, dark spruce and redwood-cloaked ridges tumble onto coastal cliffs and hidden coves as Pacific waves explode against the offshore rocks and headlands. Trinidad's majestic sea stacks are part of the California Coastal National Monument, a string of more than 20,000 rocks and small islands off the state's 1,100 mile-long coastline. The National Monument was designated to protect the offshore rocks’ significant scenic and ecological values, and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and its partners.

The Trinidad area is one of the most spectacular and pristine segments of the California coast, and has been established as a California Coastal National Monument Gateway – an area that offers the best shore-based opportunities to discover and view offshore rocks and islands and their inhabitants. As you begin your coastal discovery, please (keep in mind, this is an) extremely fragile environment – tread lightly, view wildlife from a distance, and always respect your surroundings.

At very low tides, one can walk between Houda Point and Moonstone Beach. There is a walk-in sea cave, a waterfall that tumbles into the surf, numerous marine birds and rocky pools full of sea life.

California Coastal National Monument (CCNM)

Waves explode onto offshore rocks, spraying whitewater into the air. Sea lions bark as they “haul out” of the surf onto the rocks, and a whirlwind of birds fly above. These amazing rocks and small islands are part of the California Coastal National Monument, a spectacular interplay of land and sea.

Located off the 1,100 miles of California coastline, the California Coastal National Monument comprises more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles between Mexico and Oregon. The scenic qualities and critical habitat of this public resource are protected as part of the National Landscape Conservation System, administered by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.

National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS)

"The Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) contains some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes. It includes over 886 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails, and Conservation Lands of the California Desert."