Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve covers 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland in La Jolla, San Diego, California, off North Torrey Pines Road. Although it is within the city limits of San Diego, it is still one of the largest (8 km²) on the southern coast of California. It is located immediately to the south by the Torrey Pines community golf course and to the north by the town of Del Mar. The preserve was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1977. The reserve consists of flat land with bluffs overlooking Torrey Pines State Beach and lakes important to migratory waterfowl. Many wildlife species are found in the grasslands and preserves, including bobcats, foxes, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, rabbits, cacti, coastal chaparral, and small Torrey tree. Sometimes it is possible to see several species of northern whales during their migration, including humpback and gray whales. Eight footpaths in the park attract hikers and beachgoers, and a small museum sits atop the hill. From the cliffs or many places along the beach, it is possible to see La Jolla to the south and Del Mar to the north. A significant rock work in the ocean, Flat Rock, is at the river’s southern end. South of the rock is San Diego‘s unofficial nudist beach, Black’s Beach.
Pinus torreyana, also known as Torrey pine, is a rare pine tree in North America. The plant has disappeared over time due to drying over the past decade and has a strong root system that allows it to attach itself to the cliff. Torrey Pines is the only place in the world where this species grows (including a small coastal strip immediately north of the Del Mar Preserve. A closely related species is found on Santa Rosa Island. HVAC San Diego King
Although well known as a habitat for this important icon, this rare and endangered species, Torrey Pine Preserve, is also home to various flora and fauna. Torrey Pines Preserve has a unique climate because the Santa Ana winds keep the grass dry. Plants such as Coastal sage scrub, Coastal Strand, and Saltmarsh also grow in Torrey Pines. Restaurants are nearby
- Bubba’s Smokehouse BBQ is located at 888 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA.
- Bistro 39 Restaurant is located at 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave, San Diego, CA
- Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar is located at 910 Prospect St, La Jolla, California.
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