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“Beautiful Beach and Camping”

Montana de Oro State Park
Ranked #1 of 11 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.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We spent two nights camping at Montana de Oro State Park and loved it. It's in the town of Los Osos which is off the beaten track for most traveling up highway 1. It's very close to Morro Bay and Cayucas and that's where most people stop for a visit but I recommend veering off highway 1 by about 10 miles to go to Montana de Oro State Park. It has a beautiful, uncrowded and unspoiled beach, lots of hiking trails, and a small museum that was the main house on the property in the late 1800s. It has expansive views of the ocean, and Morro Bay, and is an out of the way treasure of a park. For anyone who wants to go off the beaten track, it's well worth it!

There are campsites for RVs and tents if you want to spend the night - you can reserve online for a fee.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

From the eucalyptus tree forest (at least that is what I think they are) to the pebble beach this is an awesome park! If you are planning to camp make reservations early... Found a trail to an area where people were surfing and also had awesome tide pools with starfish, sea anenomes, and tons of little crabs. Hiked the bluff trail above the ocean and found a little secluded beach. Warning about the pebbly beach- pebbles can be painful so bringing water shoes might be helpful! Highlight of the drive on hwy 1. (and no charge for day use!!)

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

we were there only for a few hours but from what we saw it was beautiful. we did a nice, mild 2.5 mile hike just after the sandpits and then went down to the cove immediately below the parking spots from the trail. this cove was immaculate with a little carved out area for kids to explore. thank god we had our wetsuits (because that water is cold!) we snorkled and swam in the crystal clear waters, my husband brought up from below a huge star fish for all of us to (incl our 5 y/o) to gaze at for a few mins before he brought him home. wish we had another day to go back and further explore... next time! fyi: it's a pebble beach w/ gorgeous pebbles, saw a couple of picnic tables and chemical toilets.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

after a winding drive on a 2 lane road (with a few local secret attractions along the way) you arrive at a lovely little beach, picnic, and camp ground area, Keep driving and find one of several small parking areas to stop and hike. Miles to choose from along the rugged coastline TONS of photo ops. Be careful to NOT fall off the cliffs! Bring a picnic, sit among the wildflowers, ride your bike. Not to difficult for the older crowd and the little ones can watch for lizards. My kids grew up exploring Montana de Oro. Learned to drive on the winding roads. After a day at the beach go to Sylvester's for a FABULOUS burger.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Montana de Oro is worth the drive from Los Osos--fantastic views, serious hikes (Valencia Peak, Coon Creek) and flat coastal bluff hikes, horseback riding trails, rocky beach and creek (Spooner's Cove), great tide pools (Coralinas Cove), dramatic geologic show, old fashioned camping, quaint visitor's center--and there is no fee yet, except for the camping. Hiking out to the dunes at Hazard Canyon (enroute to M de O proper) is fun too. Bring all you need as there is no place to purchase anything except a few nature items, but that's part of the charm of exploring here. The drive is a dead end, but it's beautiful in both directions.

Thank Pat G
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