Los Osos is probably about 10 miles or so (west) from San Luis. Montana de Oro is another 4 miles west of Los Osos right on the coast. The name Montana de Oro means "Mountain of Gold" in Spanish. The name comes from the fact that in late spring golden wildflowers grow throughout the area.
As you begin the drive onto the park's 8,000 acres, you can look across the bay to see the town of Morro Bay, and Morro Rock. There is no charge to enter this state park or to use the day-use areas and trails.
We made our first stop at this picnic area....we were hungry!
This park is mainly used by hikers, mountain bike riders, horseback riders, picnic people, and swimmers (if you can stand the cold water). Here are several photos taken at various points throughout Montana de Oro. (click on photos for larger view)
There is one open campground here-- Islay Creek Campground. You can bring small RV's in (30 foot or less probably) but there are no facilities. Pit toilets and water faucets. There was one camp host in place, 1 motorhome camping and a few sites taken up with tenters.
Spooner's Cove is a swimming beach...but very rocky and not suitable for much swimming, in my opinion.
If you're just looking for a place to do some easy hiking or to enjoy some time sunbathing, this may be a place you'd like to check out sometime. It is a quiet haven from the hustle and bustle of city life, not that Los Osos or San Luis have much hustle and bustle!
Just thought you might like to take a peak at a little known state park here in central California.
Until next time.....so long for now!