Amazing Monterey: Fort Ord National Monument 🌄🍃

“Fort Ord is an amazing place to hike, bike and ride horses. I’m extremely fortunate that it is close to both my home and office, so within minutes I can be out among the trees, marshes, chaparral, grasslands and fields of wildflowers. It’s not uncommon to see black tailed deer, turkeys, bobcats, coyotes, badgers, red tailed hawks, Canadian geese, California quail, gopher snakes, coast horned lizards, golden eagles, and mountain lions along the trail.”

– Mike Thomsen, Chief Financial Officer (& wife Lauren)

A rich history, diverse habitat and bountiful recreation opportunities await you at the Fort Ord National Monument. Another coastal gem with more than 86 miles of trails provides opportunities to hike, bike or ride your horse through rolling hills, pockets of chaparral and oak woodlands. You will see a huge diversity of plant life and animals in habitats that include streamside corridors, grasslands, maritime chaparral, oak woodlands and seasonal pools.

Fort Ord is also cherished for its link to the heroism and dedication of men and women who served our nation and fought in the major conflicts of the 20th century. This area remains undeveloped thanks to its role as a U.S. Army facility from 1917-1994. During the Vietnam War, it served as a leading training center and deployment staging ground. As many as 1.5 million American troops trained at Fort Ord.

It’s all in the heart of the Monterey area, with its many attractions, abundant natural resources and beautiful access to the California Coast and Salinas Valley.