John Denver Memorial
John Denver Memorial
4
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Duration: < 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles45 reviews
Excellent
18
Very good
10
Average
12
Poor
5
Terrible
0

Rena R
Turlock, CA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I live in Central California. On Sept 6, the temp was supposed to be 113 degrees. I decided it was a good day to drive to the coast. I've been wanting to see John Denver Memorial Beach for some time, so I finally went. It was so peaceful there. After reading the memorial plaque (and singing the song whose lyrics are inscribed) I sat on a bench and just enjoyed the peace, the ocean breeze, the temperature of 76 degrees, and the local wildlife (gulls and squirrels). Unfortunately, I did have to go home, but I thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
Written September 12, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Samantha D
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Seaside memorial plaque for John Denver near where his plane went down. Near seaside walking paths and Oceanside benches. A nice place to reflect and relax and to honor John Denver's memory.
Written May 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nathan N
Lehi3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a simple plaque honoring one of the best musicians of the 20th century. The beach this monument graces is just beautiful. I wish I could say the same about the plaque. It is very difficult to read and was placed in a section that doesn't really stand out to passers-by. I took several photos and the one attached is edited so it's a bit easier to read the text.
Written February 4, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ItchyFeet
Camarillo, CA10,906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
We have driven along this coastal road many times and never knew this memorial was there. To find it, just click the map in this app and it was spot on!

I remember growing up and listening to John Denver so I wanted to find and see this memorial. True, it’s just a plaque in a rock but for fans, it’s worth the time to stop and see it while in the area. RIP John Denver
Written November 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NorfolkSue
norfolk48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
If you are a JD fan and in the area, it is worth a visit. We were in Monterey Bay and drove the short way. We struggled to find it at first as two cyclists decided to use it as a bike rack!!! After pointing out it was a memorial they happily placed their bikes elsewhere. Made my husband's holiday as he is a massive fan.
Written February 4, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
John Denver was piloting his Long-EZ kit plane on October 12, 1997, when he tragically crashed into Monterey Bay near the shore at this site. The scenic beauty of this area is reason enough to visit the memorial plaque and walk the beach and its rocky shoreline. For all John Denver fans, it is haunting to visit this site, where I actually witnessed his body and the wreckage being pulled nearby from the water on that fateful day. Access to the memorial plaque is easy onto a turn-off along Ocean View Boulevard.
Written November 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

heumanntouch
Huntington Beach, CA1,115 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
While I find it nice that someone offered a tribute to an American Icon and the area is beautiful, I also found myself asking; WHY?? It is a rock with a plaque on it!!
The area is a must but unless you are a huge John Denver fan, this is something that can be skipped.
Written February 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DebWong51
Moss Beach225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Yes, it took a few minutes to find the John Denver memorial. There was another plaque on a rock close by. It was almost like a game to find it, but once we did , we thought it was quite a touching tribute. I am posting a photo of the plaque in Oct. 2019, to give a better idea of how to find it. The day we visited the memorial, we spoke with a couple of local John Denver fans who were also there. One was playing John Denver music on her car stereo. They told us that every October 28 there is a gathering around the plaque and the carved log, to honor the artist. BUT the log somehow got moved in the past few storms, winding up about 70 feet from the plaque. Mike & I tried to lift the log, but couldn't. Really a formality, though, as Denver's plane crashed further up the beach, and not on that exact spot. If you are in Pacific Grove and a big John Denver fan, well worth the trouble to visit.
Written October 30, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

offshore47
Pacific Grove, CA91 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
Not much to say about the memorial as it is a brass plaque attached to a rock that you'd probably miss if you didn't stumble on it by accident. It is not something you'd go out of your way to see unless you are a hardcore JD fan and it certainly does not do JD credit or the terrible tragedy that took his young life.
Written June 21, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,929 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Whilst driving from San Francisco to Irvine down Pacific Coast Hwy-1 I decided to stop at the John Denver Memorial Beach to take a look at the place that remembers where he died in a plane crash that occurred close to this spot on 12th October 1997. At the beach there is a large stone upon which is a memorial plaque. This is a peaceful place to visit and pleasant whether a John Denver fan or not.
Written September 28, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 40
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

John Denver Memorial - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Pacific Grove HotelsPacific Grove Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Pacific Grove
All things to do in Pacific Grove
Spas & Wellness in Pacific Grove
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars