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Montana de Oro State Park at California

Montana de Oro State Park

3550 Pecho Valley Rd, Los Osos, California, 93402
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A Mountain of Gold in San Luis Obispo County

Explore the rugged cliffs, sheltered sandy beaches, scenic plains, coastal bluffs, and impressive sand dunes at Montana de Oro State Park. As one of California's largest state parks, Montana de Oro offers a variety of outdoor activities including many hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, beach play, wildflowers, and dry camping. Located just a few miles from Los Osos, Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, this state park is a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

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Gates are open 24 hours, 7 days per week.

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Entrance and parking is free. Camping fees are $25 per night.

Events

  • Educational nature talks
  • Spooner's Ranch events
  • Junior Rangers program

Activities

  • Hiking & biking
  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Picnicking
  • Horseback riding

Bluff Trail

Take this easy, two-mile hike along the cliffs and enjoy beautiful views of Spooner’s Cove and the Pacific Ocean. The wide dirt trail takes walkers, joggers and hikers over a wooden bridge, past tide pools and rocky cliffs to many different paths descending to the beach. Other great trails in the park include the Islay Creek Trail, Rattlesnake Flats Trail and the Reservoir Flats Trail.

Spooner’s Cove

This is the park’s most popular beach, offering ample free parking, hiking trails, stunning rock formations, picnic tables, and tide pools. The rocks and cliffs can be dangerous, so be sure to wear good shoes and keep an eye on your children at all times.

FAQs

  • What kinds of activities are available?

    The park offers great opportunities for hiking, beachcombing, nature watching, and picnicking. You can also enjoy shopping, dining, kayaking, pier fishing, and a small aquarium in Morro Bay, just 8 miles away.
  • What should I know before I go?

    Weather is changeable so make sure to bring lots of layers. Enjoy a picnic, but remember to keep your food secure in coolers. Last but not least, don’t forget to bring your camera! You’ll be able to catch breathtaking scenery and Central California wildlife.

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