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Los Osos

QUICK LINKS: Cambria  |  Cayucos  |  Los Osos  |  Morro Bay  |  San Simeon

Los Osos is largely a bedroom community for San Luis Obispo, but there are several fun things to experience while visiting there.  Los Osos serves as the entrance to Montaña de Oro State Park. Los Osos Valley Road reaches the coast at the south end of Estero Bay and continues south into the state park. Morro Bay State Park borders the northeast of the town. South Bay Boulevard travels through the middle of the park after it leaves Los Osos. Los Osos is also home to the Elfin Forest which sits on the southeast side of the estuary that sits between Los Osos and Morro Bay State Park.

This park contains over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park’s trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. The best-known beach is Spooner’s Cove, across from the campground. The park’s name, “Mountain of Gold,” comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oyster catcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian campsites. Montaña De Oro is one of the largest state parks in California. Close to a million people visit Montaña De Oro each year. Marine terrace bluffs,  a beautiful rocky coastline and magnificent coastal mountains all make an outdoor enthusiasts heart pound with anticipation!

Morro Estuary Natural Preserve and its 800-acre wetland are home to dozens of endangered species.  This bird sanctuary is home to more than 250 species of land, sea, and shore birds, both migratory and resident. This extensive marsh is located at the mouth of Los Osos Creek, opening out into Morro Bay. Wildflowers bloom in the spring and green grass and brush cover the hills, offering a seed supply that attracts birds all year-round.  A rookery of great blue herons is located in the eucalyptus trees beside the bay just north of the museum.  Every January, Morro Bay hosts the Winter Bird Festival.

The Back Bay Inn is surrounded by beautiful gardens and gorgeous waterfront vistas and is within walking distance to the bird sanctuaries located on the Morro Bay estuary. This Bed & Breakfast Inn is located at the quiet south end of Morro Bay, three miles from the Morro Bay embarcadero, ten miles to the city of San Luis Obispo, 15 miles to the airport & wine country of the Edna Valley, and thirty miles from Hearst Castle and the wine country of Paso Robles.

Back Bay Inn


Morro Estuary Natural Preserve


Montaña de Oro State Park

Mary Mitchell | 805-550-7168 | Email Me
1015 Nipomo Street, Suite #230 - San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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