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Morro Rock

See the birds and sea lions and enjoy the spellbinding views of the ocean at this area known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific.

Dating back about 23 million years, Morro Rock is a dramatic coastal highlight dwarfing the rest of the Morro Bay district. The vast volcanic plug has long served as a navigational aid, with its rounded, rocky surface 581 feet (177 meters) high. Capture photos of the magnificent rock at low tide, when it appears even larger.

Reach the rock and enjoy the views of the bay and the town. Notice the variety of wildlife, including lizards and squirrels, living on and around this natural formation. Among the bird species are types of gulls and peregrine falcons. Spot sea lions and sea otters in the water surrounding the rock. Other aquatic creatures include hermit crabs, mollusks and coral.

Snap photos of your friends and family in front of the rock to get a sense of its large size. Take a leisurely stroll around the circumference of the rock to see it from all sides.

Morro Rock was named by sailor Juan Cabrillo in the 16th century. The name comes from the Spanish for “hill.” The structure is considered part of the Nine Sisters that have formed between Morro Bay and the San Luis Obispo hills. It was mined in the early 1900s, altering its shape.

Walk to the adjacent Morro Rock Beach, which is adorned with other large rocks of various shapes and sizes. Relax on the sand and sunbathe during the warm summer months.

It is free to visit the structure, which is open to the public at all times. Note that climbing on the rock and disturbing the birds are acts prohibited by law.

Morro Rock is on its namesake bay, which juts out from the western edge of San Luis Obispo County. Walk through the scenic bay to reach the rock. Make sure to see other nearby landmarks, including Morro Bay State Park, the Morro Bay Marina and Anchor Memorial Park.


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Harbor House Inn Morro Bay £52
Harbor House Inn Morro Bay

Harbor House Inn Morro Bay

1095 Main St, Morro Bay, CA
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

    Rockview Inn and Suites £49
    Rockview Inn and Suites

    Rockview Inn and Suites

    1080 Market Ave, Morro Bay, CA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Morro Bay, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

      La Serena Inn £48
      La Serena Inn

      La Serena Inn

      990 Morro Avenue, Morro Bay, CA
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Morro Bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

        Blue Sail Inn £79
        Blue Sail Inn

        Blue Sail Inn

        851 Market Ave., Morro Bay, CA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

          Masterpiece Hotel £57
          Masterpiece Hotel

          Masterpiece Hotel

          1206 Main St, Morro Bay, CA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Morro Bay, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

            Ascot Suites £70
            Ascot Suites

            Ascot Suites

            260 Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay, CA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Morro Bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) away.

              Motel 6 Morro Bay £41
              Motel 6 Morro Bay

              Motel 6 Morro Bay

              298 Atascadero Road, Morro Bay, CA
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the ocean, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Strand State Beach and Morro Rock. Estero Bay and Morro Bay Skateboard Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Morro Shores Inn And Suites £55
                Morro Shores Inn And Suites

                Morro Shores Inn And Suites

                290 Atascadero Rd, Morro Bay, CA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morro Strand State Beach and Morro Rock. Estero Bay and Morro Bay Skateboard Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).