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“A Gem of a Park”

Montana de Oro State Park
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Los Osos
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A great network of biking trails make this state park a perfect destination for expert and beginner bikers alike.
Laguna Beach, California
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5 reviews
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“A Gem of a Park”
Reviewed September 13, 2011

We arrived late on Labor Day and spent two nights at environmental camp 4. While we've been to Morro Bay previously and have poked around this coastline a bit, we somehow have missed Montana de Oro up until this trip. We will be back! Great hiking, beach walking, fishing (fly fishing), camping, human and natural history...all against the backdrop of what must be one of California's most impressive stretches of coastline. I hate to say this, as I'm sure popularizing it will mean more difficulty in securing reservations, but environmental site 4 is hands down the best place to stay. Stunning views from atop the bluff with nobody else around (only one site with pit toilet and picnic table). Wow! Yes, this campsite does require a short walk (about 1/2 mile and a bit of a climb), but the access is along a fire road, and the effort is well worth the rewards.

Visited September 2011
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California
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Sandspit Beach”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

Traveled to Morro Bay for a week with my son and husband to possibly get a little surfing in. We enjoyed the Sandspit area of Montana De Oro for surfing. There is a bit of a hike but the beach was great and actually caught some good waves.The hike has a well maintained path and the parking area was well laid out.

Visited September 2011
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Los Angeles, California
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157 reviews
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“Fantastic vistas, great hikes”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

There are dozens of hikes in the park -each more beautiful than the next.
The shoreline hike is flat and easy with dozens of species of birds to be seen.
Other hikes climb mountains and follow rivers/

Visited August 2011
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Banning, California
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51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Beautiful and FUN!! Don't miss this place!!!”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

We drove from Morro Bay, California to Montana de Oro State Park in under 30 minutes. You dirve through Los Osos and there are two big grocery stores where you can get provisions of food and drink for a picnic. Be sure to take things with you, there is not anything available out at the State Park. We had been in this area for many summers and never knew about it! It is a GEM!!
There is no State Park fee and the road in is a bit curvy, but nothing like other coast roads we have taken previously. There is a great Nature Center staffed by a Ranger and volunteers. There are many taxidermy animals your children can get close to and admire. There are Whale Bones they can touch! After visiting the Nature Center we spent the day scrounging the beautiful Spooner's Cove for interesting rocks and tiny shells hidden among the smooth rocks. The Cove is stunning and there are interesting tide pools to investigate.
We will definitely go back again and again.
There are portable restrooms available at the Nature Center and at the beach parking lot.
There is a camping area nearby as well as camping for people with horses. There are trails to venture on and they take walkers to the bluffs above the ocean.
Don't miss it, you won't be disappointed.

Visited July 2011
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Montreal, Canada
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166 reviews
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“Cold at night, few camp spots with flat land, but GOOD”
Reviewed July 23, 2011

I found that the directions for checking at the campground were not too good. The ranger station was closed. The campsites are OK, many feet apart, but little trees so you see your neighbors no matter what. It was cold at night, even in July. Bring warm clothes and blankets. No showers. The park itself is wonderful with amazing views of the ocean, great picnic spots and lots of wildlife (we saw Bob cats). I would say the camping was GOOD, but the overall beauty of the park makes it VERY GOOD.

Visited July 2011
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