Contact Number

  • (805) 772-6101

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Park is open 6am-10pm

    Museum & gift shop open
    10am-5pm daily

Park Activities

Yes
Unless posted signs say otherwise. Dogs are allowed only on leash in permitted areas.
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Food Service
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Boating
Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

From the town of Morro Bay: South on Main St., which becomes State Park Rd. (Look for the state park entrance sign). Continue south to get to the marina and campground.
From San Luis Obispo: North on Highway 1 to the South Bay Blvd. offramp. Turn left, go about 1 mile and turn right (Look for the state park entrance sign).
From the south on Hwy 101: Northbound on Highway 101 to the Los Osos Valley Road offramp in San Luis Obispo. Turn left toward Los Osos and travel about 10 miles to South Bay Blvd., then turn right and go about 3 miles to the state park entrance (Look for the state park entrance sign).
For those seeking an adventure, an even more scenic route may be taken south from Monterey through Big Sur on a 124-mile journey winding along Highway 1 (When road conditions permit).
The Museum of Natural History is in the park, 500’ feet from the entrance to the campground and marina parking lot (Look for the museum entrance sign).
For more California visitor information, please Request Free California Official Visitor''s Guide Service Details | www.ca.gov.

Notices:
  • RV Rentals on the Central Coast is currently the only approved RV and trailer delivery and pick-up service permitted within the campground. For more information on rental deliveries, please visit: RV Rentals on the Central Coast
  • 2 vehicle maximum per campsite. No extra vehicles in campsites beyond the 2 vehicle limit. Trailers and motorcycles count as vehicles. Although your site may hold 2 vehicles, your reservation only covers 1 vehicle (except for group or specialty sites).
  • 8 Persons maximum per campsite.
  • Dogs must be monitored and leashed within the campgrounds.

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park is located 13 miles west of San Luis Obispo, on the Central Coast. The park features lagoon and natural bay habitats. On the lagoon's northeastern and eastern edges, there are saltwater and brackish marshes that support thriving bird populations. Two of the Nine Sisters chain of volcanic peaks leading from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay, Black Hill & Cerro Cabrillo, are within park boundaries. Black Hill has a trail winding through dense stands of Monterey Pine trees and offers a panoramic view of the greater Morro Bay area at its summit. Cerro Cabrillo has even more trails to explore all along its base.

The bay's most prominent landmark is Morro Rock (Climbing this landmark is prohibited).Morro Bay State Marine Reserve & State Marine Recreational Management Area are two marine protected areas located offshore from Morro Bay. Much like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help safeguard ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.

The park offers several recreational opportunities such as kayaking, fishing, hiking, bird watching & wildlife viewing. The Museum of Natural History has exhibits that cover natural features, cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. The park also has a café, marina and an 18-hole public golf course.

Seasons - Climate - Recommended clothing
Morro Bay has moderate weather. During summer days, the area is often 30 degrees cooler than inland areas. Dress in layers, especially near the ocean. As the water here is cooler than in Southern California, surfers generally wear wetsuits.

Location & Directions

Morro Bay State Park & Campground are located:

  • 13 miles west of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1
  • 32 miles south of the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center on Highway 1
  • 124 miles south of Monterey through Big Sur on Highway 1 (When road conditions permit)
  • The charming community of Morro Bay is located 1.5 miles to the north of the campground and offers gas stations, grocery stores, dining and more.
  • The coastal town of Cayucos is located 7.5 miles to the north of the campground and offers more dining choices.
  • The small town of Los Osos is located 5 miles to the south of the campground and offers even more gas stations, grocery stores, and dining options.

Morro Bay Campground

The Morro Bay Campground offers over 140 campsites for tent camping, recreational vehicles, and group camping. The maximum length for an RV is 35 feet and electrical hookups are avaialble in some campsites. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table with water spigots nearby. There are flush toilets and TOKEN-operated shower facilities in place. An RV sanitation station and water-fill station are also available. Firewood is for sale from the campground host and proceeds go to help the Central Coast State Parks Association.

Recreational activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, surfing, beach exploration, bird watching and wildlife viewing. 

All camping reservations must be made in advance online through ReserveCalifornia or by calling 1-800-444-7275 8am - 6pm Pacific Time (PT). 

Museum of Natural History

A visit to the Central Coast of California is not complete without a stop at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, located within Morro Bay State Park. The museum is open daily from 10am - 5pm.  Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 18 and under. The museum feautures interactive exhibits and overlooks Morro Bay, which is both a State and National Estuary and a Marine Protected Area.  

The Junior Ranger Program is geared for kids ages 7-12 years old and provides the chance to partake in a variety of fun and educational nature-oriented activities at Morro Bay State Park. Stop by the front desk at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History to pick up an activity booklet and check out the Interpretive Events Calendar for upcoming, in-person programs. 

School Field Trips

School programs offered at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History are led by State Park Interpreters and reflect the current school standards, including NGSS, CCSS, and environmental literacy curriculum. Programs are adaptable and park staff strive to accommodate all students. Depending on class size, programs are held on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Programs may include outdoor guided nature walks, in addition to a self-guided exploration of the hands-on displays inside the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History.  

Spaces are limited and any school group planning to visit the park and/or museum needs a reservation in advance, including all self-guided and home school groups. All programs are free of charge for students, teachers, and chaperones. For more information and to make your reservation, please contact slo.fieldtrips@parks.ca.gov

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Morro Bay State Park and Montaña de Oro State Park
Morro Bay State Park and Montaña 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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