Fort Rosecrans Travel Guide
Off The Beaten Path
A View from the SD Bay
Office and Information Kiosk
The photo shows the view from the Office and Information Kiosk looking towards the east. Across the street--Catalina Blvd./CA. Highway 209--you'll see the site for burial services.When the office has closed, general information can be obtained from the Kiosk which stays open...
Enter By Walking, By Car Or Bicycle
The public may enter when these gates are open. There are no guided tours, so I will try to give you a sense of the place. To the right there is a plaque, beyond the plaque there are restrooms--American for toilets. Straight ahead is the area where Military Burial Services...
The Bivouac of the Dead!
Bivouac is a temporary encampment, often in an unsheltered area and this poem was written in tribute to those who gave their lives for this country. This plaque is located just to right of the gated entrance on the east side. The position of the plaque is inconspicuous and I...
For Your Convenience
This may seem an unusual tip, but in this area it can be very useful.Just to the right of the east gate entrance you will find the restrooms. They are primative, but serviceable and though there is no glass in the window, the view is lovely.These toilets are open to the...
Full of San Diego's History Too!
On the left side of the east entrance gate the older part of the cemetery is located. The most notable aspect of this section is the various sized and shaped headstones. Quite different from the regimented headstones seen throughout the cemetery and many of these are not...
The Battle of San Pasqual
Here at Fort Rosecrans a boulder from the San Pasqual battle field was placed to memorialize the dead from both sides of this battle.Out by the San Diego Wild Animal Park is the San Pasqual Valley where a decisive battle was fought on 6 December 1846, to win California from...
U.S.S. Bennington Memorial!
This is California State Historic Landmark 55, commemorating over half of the ships crew, 102 men, who were injured or killed on the U.S.S. Bennington in a horrific boiler explosion while anchored in San Diego's harbor. Sixty-two sailors, of the 102 who were effected by the...
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is under the authority of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and would be interesting to anyone who has had a loved one die in the U.S. Military, to anyone who is a war history buff and to those who like a spectacular view.The cemetery...
The U.S. Mormon Battalion!
This is not the only monument to the U.S. Mormon Battalion in the city and county of San Diego. Out in Anza-Borrego Desert there is a marker commemorating this brave group of people who marched 2,000 miles, the longest march in military history, to help the U.S. Army fight...
The Living Room Coffeehouse: The Jennings House
Originally I went to this location of the Living Room Coffehouse; Bistro and European Pastries because the building was one of San Diego's oldest. Frank Jennings built his home in 1886 and from his living room he could see the Bay of San Diego. That was long before Point...
Miguel's Cocina at Shelter Island: Good Mexican Food!
Miguel's Cocina is about four miles down the hill from Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, at Shelter Island. It is the second, out of seven locations, of Miguel's Cocina opened originally in Coronado and the food is very good. They have a terrace patio and three cozy dining...
No Nightlife For The Living!: An Exclusive Club!
There is no nightlife at Fort Rosecrans. The gates close at 5:00 p.m. and since Fort Rosecrans is a Military Reservation it is only military personnel who can stay beyond that time.
The shame of it is that the view of the the setting sun from this stand point can be beautiful and awe inspiring.
If it is sunset views that interest you, go down to Sunset Cliffs Park on the westside or to Shelter Island on the eastside of Catalina Boulevard and you shouldn't be disappointed. At Shelter Island you'll also find a great many places to spend an interesting evening or if you'd rather something more lively try Ocean Beach.
Dress Code: The dress code at most places in Shelter Island will be casual to stylish. In Ocean Beach, dress as you like and at the park, be sure to bring a jacket as the ocean winds get pretty chilly when the sun goes down.
Updated Oct 2, 2012
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Twenty-One Gun Salute
To Honor A Fine Sailor: 21 September 1989.This scene is most commonly seen in movies. A President or very high ranking officer may have a volley shot from 21 actual guns, however, the average serviceman has 7 guns shooting off three rounds, which equal 21. The sound is loud...
POW / MIA Flag!
This flag serves as a symbol of our desire to remember and to keep looking for loved ones who are Prisoners Of War or Missing In Action. The idea for the creation of this flag originated in 1971 to remind us of the vast numbers of military personnel who had not been...
Procession Of Flag And Ashes
Many times I have visited this cemetery and the only time I've actually seen a funeral service is when we buried my dad. However the gates remained open for other visitors and as long as you behaved in a respectful manner, there would be no problem for you to continue on...
Leaving The State Of California!
This is an obscure warning and most likely unnecessary, but one that you should be aware of. Though Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is open to the public, the land was ceded to the United States by the state of California and therefore, when you enter the area you are no longer in the state of California and the laws may be different here.
This fact shouldn't be unsettling, just keep in mind that the rules may be a bit different.
Most of all know that the gates close about 5:00 pm and you should leave before they do or you'll have to spend the night up here. No, not really. I'm sure that if a tourist miss judged their time that the U.S. Navy will let you out.
Updated Oct 3, 2012
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Light House At Cabrillo N M!
It is more likely that you would come upon Fort Rosecrans on your way to Cabrillo National Monument, and for more information have a look at my Cabrillo National Mounment page.However, if your original destination is the cemetery, you may include a visit to Cabrillo National...
Take The Side Road To The Tide Pools!
Another side trip from Fort Rosecrans is just past the cememtery and down the hill from the road. You'll find the operational lighthouse and the tide pools. At low tides it is fun to climb down the near-by cliff path and check out the tide pools.Until recently the road to...
The Views Are Calming!
Catalina Boulevard is the road to take to get to Fort Rosecrans, the Tide Pools and Cabrillo National Monument.On the way to Cabrillo Monument this cemetery, which lies on both sides of Catalina Blvd., is passed. Drive through, if only for the panorama. The west side of the...
On A Clear Day...!
This is a southeast view from the cemetery and if the day were a clear one, the Hotel Del Coronado could be seen. There are various vantage points to view the city and areas as far south as Tijuana.The second photo shows a view of Fort Rosecrans and Cabrillo N.M. from the SD...
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