6 am - 10 pm
Montaña de Oro State Park
As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting Montaña de Oro State Park.
What is open now?
- Pecho Valley Road and turnouts (open from Los Osos Valley Road to Bluff’s Trail parking lot)
- Bluff’s Trail parking lot
- Sandspit parking lot
- Hazard Peak parking lot
- Spooner’s Cove parking lot
- Spooner’s Cove
What is currently closed?
- Pecho Valley Road and turnouts (closed from the Bluff’s Trail parking lot to Point Buchon)
- Spooner Ranch House parking lot
- Spooner Ranch House
- Valencia Peak parking lot
- Coon Creek parking lot
- Islay Creek campground
- Environmental campsites
- Horse Camps
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
- Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
- Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
- Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.
For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.>
This park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park's trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. 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. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian campsites.
DOGS are permitted in campsites and on park roads and must be on a six-foot maximum leash held by an adult. Dogs are NOT ALLOWED on the trails or beach, except for Spooner’s Cove beach. Dogs may not be left alone in the campsite and must be kept in a tent or vehicle at night. Please pick up after your pet.
2 vehicle maximum per campsite. Trailers count as a vehicle. There is no overflow parking in the park.
Please note: fires are not permitted in the Environmental Camps.
- Paso Robles RV Rentals LLC (RV Trailer Rentals)
- County of San Luis Obispo dba Morro Bay Golf Course (Montana de Oro facilities)
Location - Directions
The park is six miles southwest of Morro bay and seven miles south of Los Osos on Pecho Valley Road.
Seasons - Climate - Recommended clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.
Overnight Facilities - Equestrian Camping Trail Use - Mountain Biking