Montana de Oro State Park is located on the Pacific Coast just west of San Luis Obispo, California. Its name means “Mountain of Gold,” which comes from the yellow wildflowers seen in the spring. The park’s attractions include rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, streams, canyons and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Within the park’s largest canyon you’ll find Islay Creek Campground. Just a short walk from the beach at Spooner’s Cove, this spot makes a great base camp for many trails. The view over the ocean is away from the light pollution of inland cities.
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