Fort Ord


This 7,200-acre portion of the former Army base at Fort Ord is now public land managed by BLM. BLM managed roads and trails are well-suited for hiking, biking and equestrian use. An additional 7,500 acres is expected to be transferred by the year 2020. Fort Ord contains one of the largest maritime chaparral areas in all of California, as well as oak woodlands, rolling grassy hills, wetlands and ponds. Forty-six different rare plants and animals thrive in the rugged hills, including the coast wallflower, marine chaparral, tiger salamander, fairy shrimp, and mountain lion.Pets allowed For directions and a map, click here:

OBSERVE BARRICADES AND SIGNS MARKING UNSAFE, SENSITIVE OR RESTRICTED AREAS. Motor vehicles found in closed areas may be towed or impounded at owner's expense. NON-STREET LEGAL MOTOR VEHICLES INCLUDING MOTORCYCLES ARE NEVER ALLOWED on Fort Ord Public Lands. This restriction is required to reduce erosion and protect sensitive habitats and species. USE IS NON-MOTORIZED ON AUTHORIZED TRAILS ONLY. Authorized trails are marked with brown or green Carsonite trail markers. Staying on these trails will keep you off fragile plant and animal habitats, out of poison oak, and out of dangerous unexploded ordnance areas. USE OF A CLOSED TRAIL IS NEVER ALLOWED. Red trail markers indicate a closed trail. Exception are granted with written permission by an authorized BLM officer. Trails that have no signs or are not shown on BLM's recreation trail map are also closed. DO NOT BRING WEAPONS onto Fort Ord Public Lands. Possession, use and/or discharge of any kind of weapon is never allowed; this includes paintball guns. FIREWORKS ARE NEVER ALLOWED. Even small open flames or fires have the possibility of escaping and becoming large. LITTERING AND DUMPING IS ILLEGAL. WOOD CUTTING OR COLLECTION IS PROHIBITED. Many animals use downed wood for nesting, sleeping or feeding. PUBLIC USE IS ALLOWED FROM DAWN TO DUSK.


Directions to the Fort Ord National Monument from Highway 101: Take exit 326C toward Monterey Penninsula and make a right onto S. Sanborn Rd. Continue onto E. Blanco Road for 1.5 miles, then turn left onto CA-68 W/S. Main St. The popular Creekside Terrace Trailhead is near the intersection of Reservation Road and State Highway 68, off Portola/Creekside Terrace Road.


(831) 394-8314



Fort Ord Public Lands Project Office 20 Hamilton Court Hollister, CA 95023


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