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Fort Ord Dunes State Park
Between Marina and Seaside on Monterey Bay, California

One of the most visible changes since the closing of Fort Ord as a military base is the clean-up and opening of the sand dunes between Highway One and the coast as a state park. The park protects four miles of coastline and dunes, has trails and bike paths, and plans to add a campground. The old rifle ranges and bunkers are still visible, but Stilwell Hall was demolished because it was being undermined by retreat of the dune ridge.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park

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Lookout Point at Fort Ord Dunes

Lookout Point at Fort Ord Dunes

The viewpoint at Fort Ord Dunes is next to the former Stillman Hall, which was demolished when dune erosion undermined it.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park, California

Date photographed: February 13, 2015
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Fort Ord Dunes beach

Fort Ord Dunes beach

The new state park at Fort Ord Dunes gives access to the very long beach that follows the curve of Monterey Bay for more than twenty miles.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park, California

Date photographed: February 13, 2015
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Bike path through the dunes at Fort Ord

Bike path through the dunes at Fort Ord

A broad bike path has been built the entire length of the former rifle ranges in the dunes at Fort Ord.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park, California

Date photographed: August 28, 2015
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Rifle Range Number Four at Fort Ord

Rifle Range Number Four at Fort Ord

Spotting towers and a small office building remain at the largest of the former rifle ranges.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park, California

Date photographed: August 28, 2015
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Ammunition bunkers in the Fort Ord dunes

Ammunition bunkers in the Fort Ord dunes

Several large concrete bunkers shelter in the sand dunes at Fort Ord.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park, California

Date photographed: August 28, 2015
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