The National Park Service collaborated with the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) to design and implement a wireless cyberinfrastructure which augments access to natural and cultural resources for researches, educators, and the general public. The system, including nine cameras, supports National Park Service research and monitoring projects in the areas of social science, fire ecology, air quality, education, and public land management. Fabulous real-time views of the Pacific Ocean, the tidepools of Point Loma, and the San Diego Sky-Line are made available to the Public by HPWREN via the internet.

Live Web CAMS (Click on any image for a larger view)

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Fire Management Observation Camera is located at Castro Peak. The image faces northeast towards Gillette Ranch, Paramount Ranch, and Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyons.

Santa Monica Mountains view

Castro Peak View

Castro Peak Webcam

Map with the names of the locations visible via the web cam. Click to enlarge. (Credit: Chris Willig)


Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego

Rocky intertidal Zone 1 is the area most visited by the public and exhibits disturbance associated with this high level of visitation such as bald patches on rocks where people step to explore the area.

Rocky intertidal Zone 3 is restricted to visitation by the public, however these two solar-powered cameras provide real-time access to this protected tidepool area.

Cabrillo National Monument Zone 1 SouthWest view

Zone 1: Southwest View

Cabrillo National Monument Zone 1 NorthWest view

Zone 1: Northwest View

Zone 3: South View

Cabrillo National Monument Zone 3 NorthWest view

Zone 3: Northwest View

San Diego Sky-Line View

Two cameras are situated outside at the Visitors Center and are used to collect air quality data, observe visibility, and provide fabulous views of the San Diego Sky-Line.

Spanish Landing Site and Tide Pool View

The web camera on the left shows the construction of a ship at the Spanish Landing site in San Diego.

StarDot NetCam Megapixel,, powers the web camera on the right.