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“Camping in El Moro Canyon”

Crystal Cove State Park
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Reviewed May 25, 2009

There are a lot of reviews of the beach here, but Crystal Cove State Park is much more than that. Crystal Cove's back country is laced with trails that run through and around beautiful El Moro Canyon. All are well-suited for day hikes and bike rides, and there are a few different camping areas - two on Moro ridge and another in Deer Canyon. This is about as close to wilderness camping as you're likely to get in this area: it's a 3 mile hike (mostly uphill) to Lower Moro campground, and you'll need to bring your own water. Beware of rattlesnakes. No open fires are allowed anywhere in the park - and this is strictly enforced by rangers and helicopter patrols - so be sure to bring a propane camp stove if you need to cook. The relative difficulty of reaching and using the campsite is rewarded by a peaceful evening with a great view of the Pacific.

10  Thank Kafziel
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Reviewed February 2, 2009

We visited Crystal Cove State Pak in April 2008. We stayed nearby for a few days so we had a chance to visit the park several times in a few days. First, parking is available on both sides of the highway. On the west side of the highway, north of the visitor center, is ample parking. This won't get you near the visitor center, but does get you nearer the sometimes less crowded north end of the park. Boarwalks lead from the parking lots across the dunes to stairways leading down the cliffs to the beach. Tidal pools, rocks, birds and surfers, all combine to make this part of the park worth a visit. The south parking lots on the east side of the highway of the park offers a longer (although a shuttle is available for $1.00), but more gradual descent to the beach without any stairs.

2  Thank JerseyJimD
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Reviewed October 23, 2008

Great time with the boys at the Park. Beach is nice- but the rocky tide pools are the big draw. Parking is off-ste, but I guess that allows better protection of the park. They have a tide pool critter id pamphlet at the Park Visitors Center - Pick one up before you head off.

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Reviewed June 23, 2008

My husband, 15 year old granddaughter, and I spent a day here in June. The parking lot is across the highway, but there is a walking path (downhill on the way to the beach) or a shuttle for $1.00 per person each way. The beach was clean and seemed to attract a wide age range, but primarily families. There are clean public restrooms, a restaurant, and visitors center at the entrance. We were able to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf and even saw some dolphins! Altogether an enjoyable experience.

3  Thank Debbie L
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Reviewed June 17, 2008

there in august 2007, was a nice cove with old beach houses that are being restored by the park and are on the beach, some of them you can rent, they are called crystal cove cottages.

we just stayed for the day on the beach and left, which you can also do.

it was really nice because their were hardly any people there even in august. plus it is far enough away and behind some hills from the road that you cant hear or see the traffic.

you can drop off or pick up people at the beach and then you have to park on the other side of the road and either take the shuttle back or walk down the underground tunnel that goes under the road and to the beach.
they have a restaurant that has pretty good rating at trip advisor right there also.

4  Thank happytotrip
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