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
You will love this place for a picnic at the beach and some hiking. It feels like a pirate’s ship is going to pull in any time. The feeling is magical. more »
Takes your breath away. Gorgeous walking and hiking trails offer options for all levels of fitness, including the flat Bluff Trail. Different at all times of year. Be sure to stop at the Spooner Ranch... more »
This is a beautiful site that is easily reached by auto. There is parking so that you can choose to walk from a short stsroll to a 5 mile hike. We chose a two mile hike that was easy for sseniors and ... more »
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.
Incredible beauty and so easy to access. Very easy walking paths all along the coastal cliffs with views of the crashing waves, rock arches and formations, and wildlife. Last time we were there we probably saw 50+ otters eating and playing in the water. You can access the beach in a few spots where there are tide pools and sandbars to explore. I love this place.
Always beautiful here. Being local is such a blessing! Whether it's fogged in or clear and hot, it's views to die for, trails for people, horses, kids and more. Bring camera, water, and charged phone. Also camp ground isn't bad for being a walk to the ocean. Family friendly and rocks and shells are everywhere if you know where to look. Highly recommend Montana de Oro if you haven't been.
Empty beaches, miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding on an incredibly beautiful stretch of coastline. The park has about 30 miles of trails open to mountain bikes. Mostly in the intermediate range of difficulty. Some of the trails are more advanced or downright brutal to ride up rather than down. It's possible to link all of the trails together with minor amounts of repeat sections. Even more trails are open to hiking or horses. I've lived nearby for over 15 years and ride multiple days a week and it really doesn't get old. For kids, Hazard Canyon has tidepools at low tide where you can see all sorts of sea creatures. Just be careful, the ocean is not to be taken lightly here and large winter waves can wash very far up the rocks and beaches. Great diversity of activity in the park. The only negative is that it is generally a No Dogs park. So you can't take the puppers on the trail with you.
Beautiful park with coastal trails. Easily accessible, clean restrooms, free entry and lots of trails- what more can one ask for. Looks like a good place to camp all year round.
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