Posted by Jody on January 5, 2013
Morro Rock, a (California) State Historic Landmark, was formed about 23 million years ago from the plugs of long-extinct volcanoes. Morro Rock was an important navigational aid for mariners for over 300 because the rock is approximately 576 feet tall which made it the most visible in a chain of nine peaks. Portuguese explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo named the rock “El Morro” in 1542. In Spanish “Morro” means crown shaped hill. Morro Rock, sometimes called the “Gibraltar of the Pacific,” is the last peak of the Nine Sisters, which extend from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay.
The rock itself was mined on and off until 1963. Morro Rock provided material for the break water of Morro Bay and Port San Luis Harbor. In 1966 a bill was introduced which transferred the full title to the State of California.
Source: City of Morro Bay
Morro Rock is now a designated sanctuary for many bird species, including the Peregrine Falcon.
Morro Bay is one of our family’s favorite places for tidepooling. There’s something quite magical about heading out in the misty morning hours to find colorful sea stars in the pools around Morro Rock at low tide.
For more reading on Morro Bay, check out our post “Morrow Bay, California – Sea Stars, Sand Dollars & Surfers.”
Where is your favorite beach rock?