Cabrillo National Monument
Contact Address Information:
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
This lighthouse was discontinued in 1891 because it was often obscured by fog and low clouds. It was replaced by the new Point Loma Light. The National Park Service has restored the interior to the 1880s period.
Tower Height: 46
Height of Focal Plane: 462
Description of Tower: White cylindrical tower and green lantern on roof of keeper's house.
This light is not operational
1855 1.5 story sandstone keeper's house.
Date Established: 1855
Date Present Tower Built: 1855
Date Deactivated: 1891
Optics: 1855: Third order Fresnel lens (still in lantern but not active).
Current Use: Part of national park.
Open To Public? Yes.
The lighthouse is open to the public from 9 am to 5:15 pm every day from the day after Labor Day (September) to July 3. From July 4 to Labor Day the hours are 9 am to 5:45 pm. Admission to Cabrillo National Monument is $5 per vehicle or $2 per person for cyclists or walk-ins. Visitors can enter the restored interior of the lighthouse. Ranger-led talks, displays and brochures are available.
From I-5 South or I-8 west: Exit at Rosecrans St., right on Canon St., left on Catalina Blvd. From I-5 North: Exit and left on Hawthorne St., right on N. Harbor Drive, left on Rosencrans St., right on Canon St., left on Catalina Blvd. Public transportation: San Diego Transit route 26.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places