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Vandenberg Environmental

With a wealth of valuable cultural and ecological treasures, the base is recognized for leading the way in protecting and preserving its 42 miles of pristine coastline, 9,000 acres of sand dunes, 5,000 acres of wetlands, more than 1,600 irreplaceable prehistoric archaeological resources, 14 rock art sites, a National Historic Landmark, five Native American villages, a National Historic Trail, 26 Cold War-era complexes, and protecting and monitoring more than 15 different endangered or threatened species.

Western Snowy Plover Season (March 1 to Sept. 30)

Seasonal restrictions will be in place for Surf, Wall and Minuteman beaches beginning Sunday, March 1, 2020 as part of the annual program to protect the Western Snowy Plover and its nesting habitat.

Under the Endangered Species Act, the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Biological Opinion requires the 30th Space Wing Commander to enforce restrictions on all three beaches annually, March 1 through Sept. 30, to protect the threatened Western Snowy Plover and its nesting habitat.

During plover season, the general public can still find plenty of beach access available at a designated portion of Surf Beach at the end of Highway 246. Recreational beach access is also available at portions of Wall Beach and Minuteman Beach on base for the Vandenberg community. Beach restrictions include the prohibition of dogs, horses and kites.

Violation limits for Vandenberg's beaches are imposed per the terms and conditions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biological Opinion for Beach Management. Entry into posted restricted beach areas counts as a violation and violators can be fined up to $5,000 in federal court. Violators of the Endangered Species Act (e.g. crushing eggs or chicks) can face fines up to $50,000 in federal court and imprisonment for up to one year.

Open hours at Surf Beach are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Beach access at Wall and Minuteman will continue to be allowed from sunrise to sunset.

To ensure continued access to these beaches, we ask that the community take care of our beaches and abide by the requirements so we can maintain recreational access for everyone. Continue to read and follow the rules on the posted signage to avoid violations and beach closure.


Beach Status: Open with no seasonal restrictions from
Sep 22, 2020 to March 1, 2021.

  • Surf Beach: Open
  • Wall Beach: Open
  • Minuteman Beach: Open

‚ÄčBeach Hours:
Surf Beach - Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wall and Minuteman beaches open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Beach Rules:
Certain restrictions apply during the snowy plover nesting season (Mar-Sep). While visiting the beach, please remember to follow the beach rules:

  • No littering
  • No dogs
  • No camping
  • No beach fires
  • No fireworks
  • No kite flying
  • No feeding wildlife
  • No horses or ATVs 

Lifeguards are not present at the beach, so remember to never swim alone and be cognizant of your surroundings for safety.