Montaña de Oro is recognized as one of the largest and most popular state parks in the state of California. Located just six miles southwest of Morro Bay, Montaña de Oro is visited by about one million people each year. Literally translated in English, the park's name means 'Mountain of Gold'. The name is derived from the beautiful golden wildflowers that bloom during the springtime, making the entire state park to glitter in what appears to be fields of gold.
The park is home to a wide range of terrains that make it an ideal destination for anyone and everyone who is looking for a place to get away from the busy cosmopolitan life and enjoy the serenity and beauty that only nature can provide. There are a number of different secluded beaches, rugged cliffs and park trails where you can simply walk around either with that special someone or just your thoughts. One of the popular beaches in the park is Spooner's Cove, which is situated just right across the park's campground, making it extremely accessible to visitors.
The park has 40 different camping sites situated right beside Islay Creek, providing visitors a breathtaking view of the Valencia Peak amidst the lush surroundings. It is important to note that these campsites are primitive, giving visitors the chance to really experience living it rough in the great outdoors. There are also a number of developed camping sites in the park that come with complete amenities such as fire pits, picnic tables and showers.