Explore Fort Ord Dunes State Park

Added by Mitch Pittman

Leave the crowds behind and walk beneath giant sand dunes in solitude in Monterey County, CA.

One of the best parts of Monterey is the beaches – but their popularity is also their weakness, so if you want seclusion head to the lesser-known Fort Ord Dunes for solitude and beautiful views of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Coast.

Historically, this location was chosen as the location for Fort Ord because of its defensibility. But fear not as access is easy, the views are expansive, and there is wildlife in abundance.

The beach is also a great place for trail running, hiking, and taking in another fantastic Pacific Ocean sunset.

Be forewarned that rip currents here can be severe so check with the local rangers on current conditions.

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4 months ago

Great beach!

Quiet, secluded, and plenty of room to run around! Threw a frisbee around here with a TON of space, relaxed on the beach, and walked around. There were just a few groups of people here and we had a great day. The dunes are pretty and a unique piece of our ecosystem. Love the Monterey area!

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