Pomponio State Beach
Pomponio State Beach provides access to miles of gently sloping, sandy beaches at the base of high sandstone bluffs. This day-use facility features a small lagoon, roaring surf, a wide parking area, picnic tables, and barbecues. The sand beaches tend to be wider than those at San Gregorio, but are mostly quite narrow, and in some places, are inundated at high tide. The largest beaches occur at the mouth of Pomponio Creek, Long Gulch, and Dairy Gulch. The latter two gulches are small drainages and normally carry water only in the winter.
Dogs are prohibited on the beach.
The creek and park were named for an Indian, from the Yokut-speaking people in the San Joaquin Valley, who was given the name Pomponio when he was an alcalde at Mission Santa Clara. He became a resistance fighter against the mission system and had a mountain hideout at the headwaters of Pomponio Creek.
Pomponio and other Indians from the missions engaged in a lucrative trade in captured mission horses, which were run by the Yokuts to the Paiute and Shoshone people in northern Nevada, who in turn traded them to the interior mountain tribes and on into Crow, Blackfoot, and Sioux country. Pomponio was captured and slain by the Spaniards in 1824.