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Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.


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An ocean view from Montana De Oro State Park
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An ocean view from Montana De Oro State Park
Description - Montaña de Oro State Park features over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains,streams, canyons, and hills ­ with 1,347-foot Valencia Peak

Attractions - Montaña de Oro State Park features over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains,streams, canyons, and hills ­ with 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. The best-known beach is Spooner's Cove, across from the campground. The park's name, "Mountain of Gold," comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring.

Recreation - Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the parks trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian campsites.

Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - The park is six miles southwest of Morro Bay and seven miles south of Los Osos on Pecho Road.


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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: On defecation: thousands of miles of trails are available to hikers. Only a few hundred are available to horses and riders. Most of us are very respectable towards hikers, but your attitude suggests that your taxes pay for the trails, but not ours. Defecation is what all living creatures do; horse poop contributes to the environment--it's called fertilizer. It is easy for you to complain....but you can hike almost anywhere. Riders, who for the most part spend a lot of time and effort on the care and consideration of their horses and sport, treat hikers with respect. Montana de Oro has been and will be one of my most favorite campsites and trails. Please wear an "I hate horses" shirt so I know when my highly trained, volunteer police horse which protects you when needed can defecate on "your" trail.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I enjoy camping with the horses, and think it's very important we have a wonderful place like this to enjoy with horses, can't find anything like it elsewhere!

Filed By: Chelsea
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It was AWSOME!!! If you own a horse, I would definitely go! Worth the money to ride on the beach and swim in the ocean!!!!!!! (plus dune sliding is soooo much fun!)

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Please don't swarm here to ride horses. They cause massive erosion problems, defecate all over our trails, are ridden by inexperienced people who've nearly trampled me on several occaisons.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Wow! What an experience. BEAUTIFUL. Beauty abounds. Had the best time. Horse heaven! Ride the shore and find yourself! D.B.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Really beautiful. Check out a sunset here.


Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Camping The park includes primitive hike-in and equestrian campsites reservable year-round.
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Contact Information:
San Luis Obispo Coast District Headquarters, 3220 South Higuera St, Suite 311 , San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, Phone: 805-549-3312, Fax: 805-541-4799

Additional Information:
Central Coast State Parks and Beaches - The Central Coast Region, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, features the Big Sur Coast and Hearst Castle as well as numerous state park sites.
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Links:
California State Parks - Official agency website.
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com

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