Located north of San Diego in southern California, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is the major Marine Corps training facility on the west coast of the United States. The 125,000-acre facility was opened in 1941 as a training base for Marine Corps personnel preparing to fight in World War II and has expanded steadily ever since. Today, around 100,000 military personnel and civilians work at Camp Pendleton, and the base is home to the USMC's 1st Marine Division.
About Camp Pendleton
The majority of Camp Pendleton's more than 2,600 buildings, housing and administration are located in the Main Base Complex at the southern end of the base. The northern sections of the base include training grounds and the impact area for testing armaments.
Highlights of a visit to Camp Pendleton include the Marine Corps Mechanized Museum, which showcases vehicles used by the Marine Corps over the years, and the Ranch House National Historic Site, built in the mid 1800s and a remnant of southern California's Mission period. Today, the Ranch House features a variety of Marine Corps exhibits.
Camp Pendleton is also home to some of the last, undeveloped Pacific Coast shoreline in southern California. The base is also home to a myriad of birds, wildlife and plants.
Visiting Camp Pendleton
Camp Pendleton is located just off of I-5, easily accessible from points all over southern California. Access to the base is restricted to military personnel, dependents, civilian workers, guests, clergy working on the base, and nonworking civilians who are sponsored by an authorized person on the base.
Visitors to Camp Pendleton must be U.S. citizens carrying proof of identity. They cannot have been convicted of a felony in the last 10 years, have an active criminal warrant on them for any reason, or have been dishonorably discharged from any U.S. military force. For a complete list of entry requirements, visit the Camp Pendleton website.