All About Fort Ord National Monument

All About Fort Ord National Monument

Fort Ord is an former United States Army post located on Monterey Bay that’s since been converted into a beautiful recreation area. This coastal destination features nearly 90 miles of trails where hiking, biking, and a world of plant life, wildlife and grasslands await. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy Fort Ord National Monument.


Fort Ord is a beloved spot for both off-road cyclists, and roadsters alike. Amateurs and professionals come here and explore a wide range of paved and unpaved off-roading trails. There are also a ton of paved trails that are kept in good condition. Check out Adventures By The Sea for bike rentals in Monterey.


The 86 miles of trails at Fort ord National Monument offer great lookouts over oak woodlands, rolling hills, and a number of pools, bird sightings, and more. Among the more famous hikes here is the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail, which runs all the way through California and to Arizona.

Horseback Riding

Along these same trails at the Fort Ord National Monument, you can enjoy a number of horseback riding excursions. For information on how to take a horseback ride out on these trails, check out the Marina Equestrian Center. There’s also information about it on the Bureau of Land Management website.

Wildlife at Fort Ord National Monument

The wildlife you can see at Fort Ord National Monument is of a wide variety that includes reptiles, birds, mammals and amphibians. Among them are mountain lions, red fox, California badgers, vultures, turkeys, snakes, and a whole lot more.

The Sea Otter Classic

The Sea Otter Classic is a bicycling festival that’s come through Monterey every spring since 1991. Drawing nearly 10,000 amateur and professional riders each year, it’s one of the world’s biggest events of its kind, and it happens to run through Fort Ord National Monument.

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