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 Los Osos & Baywood Park
Hiking, biking, camping, wildlife and rugged coastal scenery
Experience the natural wonders of Montana de Oro State Park
Montana De Oro is a stun- ning state park that has over 12 square miles of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. The park's name, Spanish for "Mountain of Gold," comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring.
From day use to camping, families, naturalists and backpack- ers, and equestrians can enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park's trails. The best-known beach is Spooner's Cove, across from the campground. On a clear day there are magnificent views of the park from the top of Valencia Peak. The trailhead for Valencia Peak is from the main campsite near Spooner’s Cove.
Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian camp- sites, as well as picnic areas, hiking trails, prime scuba diving, guided tours and more. The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.
Only visiting for the day?
allowed for most of the trails. Dogs are not allowed on trails.
A variety of campsites
The park has family campsites, Environmental campsites, primitive campsites and even a campsite for horses and riders. There is also RV and horse trailer access. Be sure
to check campsite availability and make reservations.
Amenities
Amenities include RV park- ing, drinking water, coin operated showers and firewood available for purchase.
Dogs allowed with some restrictions
Dogs are permitted in campsites and park roads and must be kept on a six-foot maximum leash held by an adult. Dogs are not allowed on the trails or the beach except Spooner’s Cove beach and may not be left alone in campsites.
Montana de Oro State Park is six miles southwest of Morro bay and seven miles south of Los Osos on Pecho Road. For more information, campsite reservations and campfire restrictions, visit parks.ca.gov or call (805) 528-0513.
You might change your mind after viewing the list of things to do. Along with picnic and barbecue areas there are a variety of things
to do for every level of outdoor enthusiast.
• Visit the historical and cultural site, participate in a variety of exhibits, programs and guided tours
• Fish, SCUBA dive or snorkel
• Take a hike on any of the trails or enjoy the beaches and tide pools.
• Cycling and horseback riding
Mon-Fri 8am to 2pm
Sat & Sun 7:30am to 2:30pm
To-Go Orders: 805.528.5711 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd., Los Osos
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