California Coastal National Monument

Discover the Gardens' unique link to this little-known Monument!

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, part of the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) established in January of 2000, are a spectacular interplay of land and sea. The CCNM is one of the Nation's most unique national monuments. It consists of a network of more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles that provide a haven for animals and plants along the 1,100 miles of the California coast. CCNM is among the most viewed but the least recognized of any of the Nation's national monuments.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in California, and therefore the world, to adjoin this spectacular monument. From our headlands you can enjoy the natural splendor of the ocean and its incredible life year-round.

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