Trip Planner: USA / California / San Luis Obispo County / Los Osos / Nature / Montana de Oro State Park
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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Have been here many times over the years. Camped here with friends in the past as well as come for the day. The coastal path along the cliffs is spectacular. The water is crystal clear and the rocks a... more »
We saw people posting wildflowers here, so we decided to visit the park. The flowers is a little off season. But we still enjoyed walking and ocean. more »
You can make this hike as long or short as you want. We ended up not looping it and hiking along the Bluff trails and oceanfront back to the parking lot, for a total of 9.5 miles. The fog blocked our ... more »
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.
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.
Just west of San Luis Obispo, Montaña de Oro offers amazing views of a unique environment. Bluffs and Mountains, Beach and Sand Dunes all available in one place. Not typically too busy during the week, a great place to bring the family. Tip: know your plants (poison oak), watch the date (Greek life parties). Trails run about a 1.5 miles, however beach goes on and on.
The campsites and toilet facilities are very well cared for and very close to beach access! There is a museum on site where you can learn about the area from just walking around or by talking to one of the volunteers. The volunteers are amazing!
Beautiful hike in the hills and by the bluff. I highly recommend a loop trail from Rattlesnake trail to Badgers trail and down to Bluff trail and back to Rattlesnack trail. You get to see the Morro Bay from up high and then hike near the water's edge.
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