Montana De Oro State Park: Why You Should Come to This "Mountain of Gold" State Park!

Montana De Oro State Park: Why You Should Come to This
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SHARE - Welcome to Montana De Oro State Park! Rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347 feet of Valencia Peak, feature this park.

The solitude and freedom found along the trails of the park are enjoyed by naturalists and backpackers. Mountain biking and equestrian trails also exist. Spooner's Cove, across from the campground, is the best-known beach.

The name of the park, "Mountain of Gold," comes from the golden wildflowers blooming in spring. Black-tailed deer and the black oystercatcher are included in the park's wildlife. Primitive and equestrian campsites are included in the park. Read this article to know more about Montana De Oro State Park!

Montana De Oro State Park Camping

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Montana de Oro State Park also has other options for camping. There's a horse camp in Hazard Canyon, just a short distance north of the coast if you're on a horse. Montana de Oro State Park also has four camping sites for the environment.

These primitive areas are hike-in places that do not encourage campfires or dogs (but still accommodate groups of up to eight people). North of Islay Creek Campground is the first two environmental campsites, Bloody Nose Camp and Hazard Grove Camp.

The second two, Badger Flat Camp and Deer Flat Camp, are located south of Islay Creek Campground. $25 a location plus $10 for additional cars are Eco Campsites. You can self-register for the site at Islay Creek Campground if an environmental site has not been reserved, just like you would for a site at Islay Creek Campground.

Montana De Oro State Park Campground

Montana De Oro State Park Campground
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A stunning stretch of the Central Coast of California where the Irish hills meet the Pacific Ocean is preserved in Montana de Oro State Park. Dominating the coastlines are picturesque bluffs and sandy coves. The park's inland side has charming cliffs and canyons. 

You can find Islay Creek Campground within the park's biggest canyon, Islay Creek Canyon. Just a short walk from the beach at Spooner's Cove, the conveniently located campground will act as a base camp for hiking on local trails such as the Bluff Trail, Valencia Peak Trail, Danger Peak Trail, Islay Creek Trail, and Oats Peak Trail.

In fact, the Reservoir Flats Trail goes right through Islay Creek Campground, on a 2-mile loop that gives a great overview of the campground's surroundings.

Islay Creek Campground has 50 standard campsites that accommodate groups of eight or less. The campground is spread along a roughly half-mile long road with two loops. Monterey cypress and larger pines provide intermittent shade. Campsites have soft ground to set up tents on.

Sites can accommodate small RVs up to 27 feet in length. Campground amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, and potable water.

Hotels Near Montana De Oro State Park

Hotels Near Montana De Oro State Park
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1. Sea Pines Golf Resort 

This resort features a golf course and a lounge. Traveling around for business? In public places, take advantage of the corporate center and free WiFi. The spa pool, bar/lounge, and free newspapers would thank you.

2. Back Bay Inn 

This bed & breakfast include a kitchen and a bar/lounge. In public places, business travelers can take advantage of free WIFI. Guests enjoy freebies such as a full breakfast and free self-parking.

3. Inn At Morro Bay

When staying at this Morro Bay inn, you'll be within a 10-minute stroll of Morro Bay State Park and the Natural History Museum. Montana De Oro and the Morro Dunes Nature Preserve's state park is also half a mile away (1 km). Offering a restaurant, this hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool and a bar/lounge. Traveling around for business? Make the best of free WIFI in public places, meeting centers, and conference rooms. Enjoy the spa bath and amenities such as free self-parking.

Montana De Oro State Park Hiking

Montana De Oro State Park Hiking
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The Bluff Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park is a breathtaking, easy hike, perfect for anyone who enjoys stunning scenery. So, if you are planning on visiting the Central California Coast, add this lovely walk to your itinerary!

The easiest trail in the breathtaking state park and one of the most popular Montana de Oro trails is the Bluff Trail. You can see families, couples, and single visitors all spending a nice day walking by the water.

The rocky cliffs along the rugged coastline are dramatic with ridges, layers, and striations created for photographs. The sandy brown of the rocks and cliffs is properly matched with the sea's bright blue on a sunny day of sunlight.

With coastal scrub and grass terraces, with Valencia Peak and other hills in the distance, the inland views are just as stunning.


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