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Beautiful Montaña de Oro Spooner Ranch House Photograph Credit, Linda Tanner
Information: Montaña de Oro State Park is a good place to start or end a road trip but it’s not on the way to anywhere, it’s on a dead end road but it is a nice place to visit and great place to stay and play. There is a nice beach and picnic area and miles of great hikes but if you aren’t planning on getting out of the car it is not worth the drive.
Near Points of Interest: Hazard Canyon surf spot is along the way off Pecho Valley Rd and their is a cool picnic spot in the sand dunes "Sandspit".
Beach Access and Day Use Parks & Picnic Areas: Spooners Cove at Montaña de Oro and Sandspit north of the ranch house a ways and off Pecho Valley Rd.
Best places to Eat: If you want a good burger Sylvester's in Los Osos is the place to go and for fresh bakery goods long time favorite Carlock's Bakery also in Los Osos is to die for.
Nearby Hotel Lodgings & Resorts: Equal distant to Morro Bay or San Luis Obispo for lodging.
Near Campgrounds: Montaña de Oro has a small primative campgroung, Morro Bay State Park is 10 mi.
History & Museums: Some 9000 years ago to 1769 the parks lands were inhabited Chumash Indians; during and following the Spanish and Mexican periods property rights for the Montana de Oro State Park land area changed hands several times but was little utilized or inhabited. In 1892, when Alden B. Spooner, Jr., leased the land and later purchased around Islay Creek he brought in dairy cattle, hogs and other agriculture. His two sons founded the Pecho Ranch & Stock Co., and built a ranch house, a complex of barns, a creamery, stables, sheds, and a waterwheel for power. On the south bluff of Spooner's Cove they utilized a warehouse with a long chute that led down to a wharf and a loading boom to service coastal steamers. The ranch house is the only historical structure still standing and it houses a small museum and the parks headquarters. More Montaña de Oro history from slostateparks.com/…
Gasoline, Public Restrooms, Supplies: There are public restrooms in the park next to the ranch house, at the south end of the park Coon Creek trailhead and in the campground. It is 9.3 miles to the Shell Gas Station 995 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos, and there are liquor, grocery, hardware and pharmacy stores in that same Los Osos area too.
Other Facilities, Services or Activities:
trails and more trails, hike, mountain bike, 1,347-foot Valencia Peak