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Sand Spit Day Use Area

Montana de Oro State Park

Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California

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Sand Spit Day Use Area

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  • Parking area for the sand spit.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • Picnic area.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • Trail down to the beach.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • Wildflowers are striking in March.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • California poppy.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • Path to the beach.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • Morro Rock is visible above the dunes.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • Looking south from the Sand Spit Day Use Area.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • Looking north from the Sand Spit Day Use Area.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • This beach sees fewer visitors than the popular Spooner's Cove.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • Dunes at the Sand Spit Day Use Area.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
  • Blooming iceplant on the dunes.- Sand Spit Day Use Area
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Pleasant short hike to the beach. Beautiful dunes. Wildflowers in spring.
Cons: 
Dogs aren't allowed on the beach.
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Region:
Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Morro Bay is formed by a 4-mile-long sand spit south of the town and harbor of Morro Bay. This sand spit is a part of Montana de Oro State Park, and the day use parking area makes a great jumping off point for a peaceful day on the beach or the more strenuous all-day hike out to the end of the spit, literally a stone's throw from Morro Rock.

From the parking area, the wide, well-maintained gravel trail winds down about a quarter mile to the dunes, where it turns to soft sand for the last few hundred feet. In March the wildflowers can be spectacular, but any time of the year is beautiful on the stunning beach that stretches as far as the eye can see in either direction. 

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