We love the area from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. The world changes here and life takes a step back. Even in this Eden, there are areas that sparkle even more. Montano del Oro is one of those areas. Nestled to the south of Morro Bay, along the coast, this used to be a large ranch that ultimately became a state park. The park’s name, “Mountain of Gold,” comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. At 8000 acres, it has many things to see. There are hiking trails, camping, beaches and Spooner’s Cove across from the ranch house. There was a dock here during the ranch days used to tranfer the produce and stock. The old ranch house has been converted to a museum and the docents can help explain life in those days.
The website has a wealth of information http://www.slostateparks.com/montana_de_oro/default.asp . Take lunch and enjoy the varied sights. Much of park is along the coast and offers breath taking views of the rugged coast. Being just south of Morro Bay, the spectacular views of Morro Rock are inspiring and unique. Even the drive to the park entrance is surprising as the road it winds through a residential area with views of the bay to the north. Take the trip and imagine the past!