Gem of the California Coast

Montaña de Oro State Park

Spooner’s Cove in Montaña de Oro State Park, San Luis Obispo, CA

At Montaña de Oro State Park, rolling hills, rugged cliffs, and sandy beaches come together to create a breathtaking playground for people, their bicycles, and their four legged friends – be it doggies or horsies.

Driving into Montaña de Oro on a bright happy Sunday, we are in awe of the cliff-side ocean views.  But then we pull up to Spooner’s Cove, and the natural beauty overwhelms us. Craggy cliffs and rocks frame the blue-green sea and the perfectly curved beach. The feel of the breeze, the sound of the waves, and the pull of the tide entice you out onto the rocks to be as close as possible to the wildness of nature.

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Jeanette Lee

Jeanette Lee Jeanette is a contributing editor to En Route Traveler who enjoys exploring the United States and faraway places like India, Belize, and Korea. She works in the Washington, DC metropolitan area as an attorney and Registered Yoga Teacher. Jeanette creates yoga practices that connect our modern city-dwelling selves back to the natural cycles of life; learn more on her website:

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