Mugu Rock, Point Mugu

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Mugu Rock, Point Mugu

by | Apr 23, 2020

Mugu Rock is a distinctive feature of the coastal headland at Point Mugu, within Point Mugu State Park, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Malibu and 9 miles (14.5 km) southeast of Port Hueneme, California. The name may be from the Chumash Indian term “Muwu”, meaning “beach”, which was first mentioned by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in his journals from explorations in 1542. Muwu was also a Chumash village and ceremonial center for the ancient capital of Lulapin, a major political unit of Chumash territory which stretched from modern day Los Angeles County to Santa Barbara.

Point Mugu State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains, and includes five miles of ocean shoreline with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys with sycamores, oaks and a few native walnuts. The park includes the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. The mountains have deeply spiritual history for the Chumash people, and Boney Peak is considered a sacred mountain.

Naval Air Station Point Mugu is a former U.S. Navy air base that operated from 1942 to 2000 when it merged with nearby Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme to form Naval Base Ventura County. The facility at Point Mugu started as an anti-aircraft training center during World War II and was developed in the late 1940s as the U.S. Navy’s major missile development and test facility since it is one of the few non-agricultural areas. The test range extends offshore and includes San Nicolas Island in the Channel Islands. Read more here and here. Explore more of Point Mugu here:

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