Morro Rock - A must see when vacationing along California's Central Coast
MORRO ROCK is a 576 feet geological formation located a few hundred feet from the Morro Bay shore. It is the last of the "nine sisters" which is a row of volcanic peaks that run in almost a straight line from Morro Bay to San Luis Obispo. Morro Rock is probably the most famous of the peaks because of it's unusual location in the bay.
History of Morro Rock
First seen by the explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo and named by him, Morro Rock means literally rock rock, when translated from Spanish. The second name for Morro Rock is the Gibraltar of the Pacific.
Through the years Morro Rock has become an important landmark to sailors and travelers. It was an important navigational aid for the mariners in history, because of its height.
In the past Morro Rock was mined on and off and provided the material for the break water of Morro Bay and San Luis Port. San Luis Obispo County Historical Society and the City of Morro Bay succeeded in getting the Morro Rock declared as California Registered Historical Landmark #821.
Visiting Morro Rock
Many tourists visit Morro Rock each year as it is a very unique site. There is no public access to the rock itself, because it is now a reserve for the locally endangered Peregrine Falcon. It is dangerous to climb on the top of Morro Rock because of the loose rocks that break off.