Morro Rock off the coast of Morro Bay is a really cool place. Upon first glance it’s just a big rock….just a big rock in the middle of a big bay….in the middle of a big ocean. But once you’ve lived with it for a while, seen how Morro Rock influences the people and culture of Morro Bay and the Central Coast you’ll come to appreciate it.
Morro Rock was first chartered in 1542 (the same year Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue!) by Portuguese explorers who termed it “El Morro” or “The Pebble.” Once you come and see, you’ll understand why this is a bit of a misnomer.
Morro Rock stands 581 feet high – taller than just about anything else in Morro Bay – and is 20 million years old. It is a sacred site for two groups of native Americans, the Chumash and the Salinan. It is home to the peregrine falcon, an endangered species, sea lions, otters, gulls, and a whole host of tide pool animals. While climbing on the rock is prohibited, there is beach area where kids can play and swim.