Camp Pendleton, or Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, is a military base located in the state of California, in San Diego County. Camp Pendleton was built in March 1942, and it has been in use since September 25, 1942. This military base is one of the greatest in the country, as it trains hundreds of marines and soldiers every year. Camp Pendleton allows for a wide array of training programs, but as it is bordered by the long beaches of Oceanside, the amphibious assault training is the most popular. Other types of training include landing beaches, aircraft bombing or strafing ranges.
Camp Pendleton was named after Marine General Joseph Henry Pendleton, who died in the same year when Camp Pendleton was built. However, he had been advocating for the need of setting up a military base on the west coast for a very long time. If you visit Camp Pendleton, you will be surprised with the fact that the place is also a flora and fauna sanctuary. Numerous birds inhabit the place, like the rare Western Snowy plover and California Gnatcatcher. Among the rare mammals that live in Camp Pendleton, we can recall the Pacific pocket mouse and Stephen's kangaroo rat.
Top Attractions within Camp Pendleton
Cleveland National Forest is actually bordering Camp Pendleton, so it would be a shame to miss it. The forest spans on an impressive surface of 460.000 acres, with mostly chaparral areas, but riparian as well. There are many picnic areas here, as well as hiking paths and camping facilities. Horse riders will also love it.
The Santa Margarita River is also at the border of Camp Pendleton. You will see here a large variety of birds and fish species, but mammals like the California Golden beaver can also be spotted here.
The Oceanside Pier is located in Oceanside City, just south of Camp Pendleton. This amazing pier was built in 1888, and it is the longest wooden pier in the west part of the country, with a length of 595 metres. The Oceanside Pier offers spectacular sights to all of its visitors, especially at sunset, when it is splendidly enlightened.