Montaña de Oro State Park

 

UPDATE (July 8, 2020) - 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.

As such, State Parks continues to ask visitors to plan ahead, 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. This means no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance. Full details on the guidelines are available at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Below you will find specific information for Montaña de Oro State Park:

What is open now?
The following is open at this park:
  • Pecho Valley road and turnouts
  • Sandspit lot
  • Spooner Cove lot
  • Coon Creek lot

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
  • Islay Creek campground
  • Spooner Ranch house
  • Environmental Campsites
  • Horse Camps

Statewide:

  • Some campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
  • Some high public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:

  • Stay Local: Although businesses around the state are opening up, Californians should not travel significant distances for pleasure or recreation and should stay close to home. Parking is very limited or closed at park units across the state. Walk or bike to parks in your local neighborhood. Do not travel if you are sick or if someone in your household has had coronavirus in the last two weeks.
  • 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, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in the outdoors when you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not your immediate household members. For details, please read California Department of Public Health’s guidance for the use of face coverings here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(805) 772-6101

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 27 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 27 Feet

Park Hours

6 am - 10 pm

Dogs Allowed?

No
Dogs allowed only in campground, roadways, and Spooners Beach. Dogs not allowed on trails.

Driving Directions to Montaña de Oro

The park is 6 miles southwest of Morro bay and seven miles south of Los Osos on Pecho Valley Road.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Drinking Water Available

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.

Notices:

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.

Additional Visitor Services

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.

Morro Bay State Parks and Montana de Oro State Parks
Morro Bay State Park and Montana de Oro State Park are renowned for their spectacular scenery produced over millions of years by volcanic activity, plate tectonic interactions (subduction and collision), and erosion to shape this unique landscape. Marine terraces are evidence of regional uplift.

Morro Bay and Montana de Oro SP's
(Photograph by Alan Schimierer)

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Additional Park Features:
Overnight Facilities - Equestrian Camping         Trail Use - Mountain Biking