Contact Number

  • (831) 649-2836

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • 8 AM – Sunset

Park Activities

Dogs allowed on recreation trail that runs north/south through Fort Ord. Dogs not allowed on spur trails from there to beach or on the beach.
Historical/Cultural Site
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities



Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

From Highway 1, exit Light Fighter Drive (bear right).
Turn left onto 2nd Avenue.
Turn left onto Divarty Street.
Turn right onto 1st Avenue.
Signs posted will direct you to the park entrance at the 8th Street overcrossing of Hwy 1.

A New State Park in the Making!

Monterey District's Newest California State Park

Opened to the public in 2009, Fort Ord Dunes State Park provides nearly 1,000 acres dedicated to public land, and 4 miles of ocean beach with beautiful views of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.  Fort Ord's dunes and beaches are home to many endangered species. Please help us preserve these senstitive habitats by staying on designated trails and following CA State Park rules. Thanks for partnering with California State Parks by practicing "pack it out" rules for visitor food and other trash.

Fort Ord Beach sunset

Learn about Fort Ord Dunes State Park with your Mobile Phone

At the main parking area visitors can view eight educational panels to learn more about the former Fort Ord US Army Base, as well as educational information about the natural history of the park.
You can also use your mobile phone to learn more about the history of Fort Ord and its cultural and natural features via the mobile phone audio tour. The tour is free, but normal cell phone charges apply. Look for mobile phone tour signs with instructions to access.

Dogs at Fort Ord Dunes State Park

In order to protect park resources, public access is limited to designated roads and trails which are open to bicyclists, hikers, and dogs on leash. Dogs are allowed on the recreation trail that runs north/south through Fort Ord Dunes State Park. Dogs are not allowed on spur trails to the beach OR on the beach due to endangered bird species and sensitive habitat areas. 
Thank you for considering wildlife, other visitors, and other pets when walking your dog at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.


Marine Protected Area Coloring Book - Area Marina Protegida - Libro Para Colorear

Embark on a journey of discovery about Marine protection in a fun and easy way!!

MPAThe Marine Protected Areas Coloring Book - Area Marina Protegida -  Libro Para Colorear - helps students of all ages learn about the rich diversity of plant and animal life found in California's Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The book includes three new 3D augmented reality coloring pages that will allow students to interact with their colorings using a smartphone or tablet while learning about marine life and California's marine protected areas. 

Download the new marine protected area (MPA) coloring book along with the California Coastal Explorer Guide at: