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Weekend’s Rock!

Posted by Jody on January 5, 2013

Morro Rock

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 Rock, Morro Bay, California

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?


14 Responses to “Weekend’s Rock!”

  1. that was one of the first trips we took when we moved to Cali in the late 60s. We drove up to coast to morro bay and saw the rock and the coast was gorgeous!

    • Isn’t it lovely! Mom (Jody) and I drove over to see it when we were visiting relatives in Santa Margarita a couple of summers ago. She’d been there before, but it was my first trip. It was great.

  2. Great photos! I especially like that first one.

    • I agree. My mom’s pretty handy with a camera! 😉 I’m pretty sure I only had my cell phone last time I was there. Santa brought me a camera last Christmas (after my first trip to Morro Bay). 🙂

  3. Love this beach! Great photos!

  4. kiwiskan said

    Fabulous shot – looks wonderful. My favourite rock will have to wait until I get down to the South Island again and can take a photo of cave rock near Christchurch.

  5. Celia said


  6. seapunk2 said

    We visited Morro Bay a few times, in our search for our final destination. However, with all the extras here, we could not resist. 🙂

  7. Anita Mac said

    That is quite the rock!

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