Hike, ride, bike, swim, camp, and more among the rugged cliffs, coastal plains, beaches, and hills of Montana de Oro State Park. Named the "Mountain of Gold" in Spanish for its golden wildflowers that appear in the springtime, the 3,237 hectare (8,000 acre) park features a large network of biking, foot, and equestrian trails ranging in difficulty and length. Head to the highest point, Valencia Peak, at 411 m (1,347 ft), or walk down to Spooner's Cove, the park's most popular beach. Try tide pooling in the coves to see some of the local marine life, and keep an eye out for otters, seabirds, and crabs. If you plan to swim here, beware of the strong tide. To visit Montana de Oro State Park on your trip to Los Osos, use our Los Osos holiday planner.
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Montana de Oro State Park Reviews
GratitudeTravellerAugust 10, 2017
This park is absolutely stunning. There is beautiful scenery around every corner. You will feel like you are in Ireland on foggy days when you walk along the bluffs. On sunny days, there is no where e... more »
DonaldYokumJuly 28, 2017
This place is a hidden gem, nature in it's glory, great tide pools, fearsome ocean cliffs, lovely rolling hills, and many great hiking trails. We stopped at the Ranch House to eat the sandwiches we br... more »
NoBeetsPleaseJuly 26, 2017
I've been coming here since I was a kid so I might be biased. I remember when it was easy to get a camp site and you could find a place to park. Just get here early if you are coming for the day. It i... more »
Alex BonyJune 2, 2017
Along time ago my parents used to take me to this beach. My mother used to love going to this place. The camp ground is well kept, and small. I would urge one to consider at least visiting this park at least once. It's a nice walk to a beautiful rocky coast surrounded by sea cliffs. The park is clean and has restrooms but no showers, so plan accordingly. The trails around the park also are interesting to take if you are a hiker.
Larry BartonJune 30, 2017
Great place to stretch your legs, with numerous walking trails and excellent views. The trails are well maintained. Camping areas are available. You have easy access to semi-rugged coastline and more strenuous foothill hiking. Pretty much barren of trees, typical for this coastal area. Several free parking lots for day users. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Mimi SchulerJuly 7, 2017
Beautiful beach to take family or wedding photos. Parking is minimal. The kids climbed on rocks, found cool seashells, and played in the pools. Dog friendly too. Gave it four stars because I picked up a clump of tar on the bottom of my tennies that I still haven't gotten off. We notices it because it stunk up the car. If you go, wear old shoes and watch were you step.
Sarah BattyJune 9, 2017
Don't stay at campsite 4. It is smaller than the rest and it's like a peninsula in a curve. You are very exposed. To say you have no privacy is an understatement. The rest of the campground looked delightful though, and there is beautiful hiking and breathtaking coastal views. The environmental campsites are worth the hike if you can go without a fire for the evening. There are no showers in the park. You have to drive down the road Morro Bay State Park.
Mario BarrazaJune 29, 2017
Loved this park, went down an easy 2 mile hike along the coastline. Benches are found throughout the hike for pit stops, awesome opportunities to stop and take the views in. You'll find state flowers growing along the coast line. The ecosystem allows for abundant land, air, and sea life - great for observation.
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