Montaña de Oro State Park

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Montaña de Oro State Park


Location:6 miles southwest of Morro Bay and 7 miles south of Los Osos on Pecho Road.
Facilities:Primitive, environmental, and equestrian campsites, restrooms, picnic areas, trails, visitor center.
Activities:Camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing.
Special Features:Park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. The park's name, "Mountain of Gold," comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring.
Address:c/o San Luis Obispo Coast District Office
750 Hearst Castle Rd
San Simeon, CA 93452

Phone:805-528-0513
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=592
Size: 8,357 acres.

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On March 9, volunteers with the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo were conducting a coastal cleanup at Montana de Oro State Park and found a yellow plastic bottle with Japanese letters embossed on its base.
Stop for the Lawrence of Arabia-size dunes at Montana de Oro State Park.
That accounts for the color and composition of the Monterey shale here at the top of Valencia Peak in Montana de Oro State Park - creamy gold and dreadfully fragile, crumbling into shards with the slightest tread of a hiking boot.
From Morro Bay it's an easy drive south to Montana de Oro State Park, with its more than 8,000 acres and seven miles of coastline.
As the official sponsor of California State Park Foundation Earth Day 2008 Restoration and Clean-ups, Albertsons stores in the Southern California division are participating in a variety of community clean-up events, including the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Huntington Beach State Park and Montana de Oro State Park clean-ups.
But Montana de Oro State Park is gilded in fall too--golden grassy hillsides, secluded beaches--on California's Central Coast, just south of Morro Bay.
From Baywood Park, follow Pecho Road toward Montana de Oro State Park and look for a short road that leads down to a parking lot at the dunes.
Decades of hikers at Montana de Oro State Park have reached a fence at the park's southern end and gazed longingly at the unspoiled California coast just beyond it.
The blaze at Montana De Oro State Park, 10 miles south of Morro Bay, charred dense brush as it crawled through steep hills toward the coast.
Drawing sharp contrast to the sandy landing and variety of flat lands are the surrounding verdant mountains and Montana de Oro State Park to the south.
Try Montana de Oro State Park near San Luis Obispo; Point Sal State Beach near Santa Maria; offshore harbor seal haul-out at Gaviota State Park; major rookery by Carpinteria State Beach.
If you're planning an on-water odyssey to the estuary here, you might want to consider oceanfront camping at nearby Montana de Oro State Park.

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