Montana de Oro camping features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park's trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. 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. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian campsites.
Montana de Oro is a beautiful treasure located along a wild coastline, sand dunes, tall peaks and high cliffs above beautiful beaches. Tent camping is limited but the availability of group horse camping is a rare treat. With pipe corrals, pit toilets and trails to the ocean, these site are primitive but worth it. The park has plenty of sun and shade, with mostly eucalyptus trees, great hiking trails and a beach with car parking that is popular with tourists and a few secret beaches locals know. Wildflowers abound in the spring and a car friendly paved road takes to the end and back with plenty of bathrooms and a State Park office/store you can get maps and tips.
This was our very first trip in our new TT. It was a little chilly at night, but the crashing of the surf made it magical. Fiercely big raccoons :)
The camp host was great, and the sites are not huge, but decently spaced.
This place is amazing! Love the “hidden” beaches, the hiking trails and the beautiful beach!
This campground is near the beach on the central California coast . It has tent and RV sites. The only amenities are non-flushing toilets and water . There are no lights at night, so it is very dark. A flashlight is a must. Our site did not have a flat spot for a tent so we had to pitch it on a parking spot .
While not a glamourous campsite, mostly a level area, its near the awesome hidden gem of Montana de Oro and lessor known beach. Makes for an easy walk to the seaside bluffs and cliffs for stunning views of the ocean without the huge number of crowds found at other beach camp sites.
Hikes, ocean, cliffs, caves. Amazing place.
This campground was in a great location, but that's the end of the good. There was very little shade, and the toilets were just holes in the ground. It did not seem well maintained, and I will not be going there again.
This campground is quiet and super spacious compared to other campsites. It's a short distance/walk to the beach, a hike, horseback riding and biking. Its beautiful! The downside is the lack of storage to put your dry goods, no showers and the raccoons-they will attack any food item left out and there are no showers. There are "pit" toilets/outhouses located a short distance from your campsite. My family and I have been visiting this campsite for years and we love it.
It's worth dragging your stuff up a small path to get away from the crowds. You can surf and mountain bike here. Our tent was even visited by some people on horse back!
Pretty basic but nice camp ground. Close enough to walk to a cute little beach. Bathrooms but no showers.