Montana de Oro State Park, Los Osos

4.8
#2 of 14 in Nature in San Luis Obispo County
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Montana de Oro State Park and other Los Osos attractions using our handy Los Osos itinerary planner.
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Montana de Oro State Park Reviews
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  • Primal, huge surf, rocks, ancient faults along with a galore of sea creatures. Go there. Take the trails. Smell the ocean.  more »
  • Come here if you want to go back in time. We always park near farmhouse Ans walk trails to Coast. My only dislike is that the restrooms are portapotties. They should be nicely kept restrooms.  more »
  • Not far from Back Bay Inn. Bring chair,snacks.camera and stay for a few hours. So relaxing. Explore tide pools or get wet from crashing waves. Kid friendly and public bathrooms on site.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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