Description - Montaña de Oro State Park features over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains,streams, canyons, and hills with 1,347-foot Valencia Peak
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An ocean view from Montana De Oro State Park
- Montaña de Oro State Park features over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains,streams, canyons, and hills with 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. 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.
Recreation - Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the parks trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian campsites.
Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
The park is six miles southwest of Morro Bay and seven miles south of Los Osos on Pecho Road.