Montana de Oro has wonderful scenery and trails that take the visitor along breathtaking rocky shore, aromatic coastal scrub, shady riparian habitat and mountain tops with 360 degree views. Montaña de Oro State Park is one of the gems in the California State Park system. From the rugged cliffs, to the secluded sandy beaches, to hidden streams and canyons and lots of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, it is unbelievable! Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park's trails. The most popular beach is "Spooner's Cove" name for the family not for kissing. It has a recently restored ranch house and history center. The Park's name is Montaña meaning mountain not the state.," and when combined with the "de Oro" it means mountain of gold, which comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Sailors along the coast in the 1800s saw the vivid color and named it accordingly. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian campsites. Great family camping, quiet exploring, and hiking for all levels and interests.
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