Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton occupies approximately 125,000 acres, with more than 17 miles of coastline, in northwestern San Diego County. Less than 20% developed, Camp Pendleton serves as an ecological buffer between the heavily urbanized areas that abut the northern and southern borders of the Base. Within Camp Pendleton, tidal estuaries, riparian corridors, coastal plains, rolling hills and canyons, and mountains that rise in elevation to almost 2,700 feet above sea level provide essential habitat for more than 1,100 species of flora and fauna, to include 16 threatened and endangered species and a free roaming herd of bison.
It is amid this natural setting that a diverse array of training occurs year round to promote the combat readiness of the Marines and other military personnel who call Camp Pendleton home. Camp Pendleton is the only West Coast military installation where comprehensive air, sea, and ground assault training is routinely executed. In support of the military mission, Camp Pendleton's environmental programs seek to protect and sustain the Marine Corps continued ability to train on lands that are vital to the Nation's defense. By complying with environmental requirements and conserving the resources in its care, Camp Pendleton will help to ensure that the training opportunities, resources, and native landscapes enjoyed by Marines today will be available for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.