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From Memorial Day to Labor Day, visit any of the incredible locations here at Vandenberg Space Force Base located on this page, take a picture of yourself or your group and post to social media using the hashtag #Space2XPlore and be entered into a raffle to win amazing prizes!

Open to all base affiliates, ages 16 and up!

Space2XPlore is the Vandenberg Space Force Base's Summer Explore Program. Vandenberg has many treasures to trek and traverse. They can be hard to find or right under your nose. So go and explore the land we have and tell us where you go! Every month between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, those that participate by using the hashtag #Space2XPlore will be entered in to a raffle to win one of four beautiful posters! If you manage to visit all locations in that time, you will be have the chance of winning the grand prize and the title of Vandenberg's Ultimate Explorer!

And remember we have plenty of other amazing locations to visit here on Vandenberg Space Force Base, so head over to Outdoor Recreation and ask about them and all the opportunities we have to get out and explore!


You could win one of
these beautiful posters!

Vandenberg Tide Pools

The tide pools at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California are a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. These pools are home to a variety of marine life, including sea stars, anemones, and crabs. Visitors can explore the pools during low tide and witness the fascinating creatures living in these ecosystems. The tide pools are also surrounded by towering cliffs and stunning ocean views, making it a unique and exciting experience for beachgoers. It's important to remember to tread carefully and not disturb the delicate marine life while exploring the tide pools.

Tidepooling is a fun, family-friendly activity, but comes with inherent risk. Read the information below to help you make an informed decision of when, where, and how to tidepool. Most of Vandenberg's coastline is protected to various degrees. When you visit, follow the rules of not causing any harm to the area and not taking any items (animals, algae, plants, shells, or even rocks).


Facts About the Tide Pools

Vandenberg SFB (and all of California) has mixed semidiurnal tides, meaning there are two low tides and two high tides a day, but one low tide is lower than the other (and one high tide is higher than the other). Tidepooling is best at low tide, so to plan your trip, look a tide calendar online (one easily accessible site is "," use California and Point Arguello for local references).

Tides are controlled by the moon and sun and their position relative to your location. Full moons and new moons create "spring tides" creating higher high tides and lower low tides, with these extra-low low tides giving us the best tidepooling. Quarter moons create "neap tides" which are not as extreme, but still allow tidepooling if conditions are favorable. If you can tailor your trip around a full or new moon you will be able to tidepool every day.

 When reading a tide calendar, you want to look at time of day and tidal height. For tidepooling, you are looking for a low tide (trough) during daylight hours and if the low point is below +2.0 ft you are able to tidepool (weather permitting) at all of our locations. Tides do not change instantly, so come and enjoy an hour or more exploring!

Important Information

Tidepooling is a fun outdoor activity in a turbulent changing environment. Be prepared to get wet and be out in the sun!

 We recommend the basic list below:

  1. Appropriate clothing, especially quick-drying, in case you get wet. A jacket is recommended because it can be cold, even during summer.
  2. Appropriate footwear. Bare feet or flip flops are not recommended due to sharp rocks and other hazards. Wearing water shoes, closed-toed sandals, or sneakers is best.
  3. Bring sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Tidepools are on an exposed coastline and there is no refuge from the sun.
  4. Water and snacks. Water is available at all restroom locations in some areas, but
  5. Any electronics, like cameras and cell phones, should be waterproof for protection.
  6. A first aid kit is recommended for minor injuries. Lifeguards are not available at any location.
  7. Clothes and shoes may get wet and sandy. Bring a towel to dry or brush off, water to rinse sandy items and feet, extra clothes and shoes to stay dry and comfortable, and a bag to place wet clothes and shoes in for your transport home.


 Tidepooling is a fun and family-friendly activity but there are safety risks, including slippery rocks and crashing waves. The most important rule is to be aware of your surroundings and to never turn your back to the ocean, in order to watch out for rogue waves. It is also required to follow all signage.

 Do not run in the tidepools! You are more likely to trip and seriously injure yourself running away from a wave than standing your ground and getting wet.  Do not stand on the edge of the sea cliff, ground underneath may give out resulting in a fall

 Dogs must be kept on leash at all times on Vandenberg beaches (and even leashed  dogs are not allowed on most beaches between March 1 and September 30).

The Boat House

The Boat House at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California has a rich history dating back to the 1950s. Originally built to serve as a lifeguard station, the building was later converted into a recreational facility in the 1960s. The Boat House has since become a popular spot for beachgoers and water sports enthusiasts alike. Over the years, the facility has undergone several renovations and upgrades. Despite these changes, the Boat House remains an important part of the base's history, offering visitors a glimpse into the area's past while providing a fun and exciting experience for all.

Boat House Information

All anglers 16 years of age and older must possess a California Fishing License with an Ocean Enhancement Stamp

Be cautious fishing the jetty. The rocks are slippery and make sure to watch out for rouge waves

All persons are required to stay 100 ft away from Elephant Seals, Sea Lions, and Harbor Seals


Minuteman Beach

Minuteman Beach is a serene and secluded location located within the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The beach is named after the Minuteman missile, which was tested at the base during the Cold War. The beach's quiet and tranquil surroundings make it a perfect spot for a relaxing day at the beach, away from the crowds. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful walk along the shore or take a dip in the calm waters. The beach also offers stunning views of the nearby lighthouse and surrounding cliffs.


Information about Minuteman Beach

Additional precautions and safetly information to be provided at a later date.

Wall Beach

Wall Beach is a picturesque location situated within the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. It's a popular spot for surfers and beachgoers alike, with its pristine sand and crystal clear waters. The beach is surrounded by towering cliffs, which offer a stunning backdrop for the perfect Instagram-worthy shot. Visitors can also catch a glimpse of the base's rocket launches from the beach, making it a unique and exciting experience for all.

Important Information

Only active duty and their dependents may fish at Wall Beach. All anglers over the age of 16 must possess a valid California Fishing License.

Please read signs at the entrance to Wall Beach. Seasonal beach restrictions for the Western Snowy Plover breeding season applies from 1 March - 30 September annually. Violators will be prosecuted.