Islay Creek Campground
Montaña de Oro State Park spreads along the San Luis Obispo County coast, 6 miles southwest of Morro Bay. The park is well known for its rugged shoreline, several picturesque sandy beaches, canyons, hills, and streams. Mountain bikers, horseback riders, naturalists, and hikers find plenty of trails to explore.
Islay Creek, the main Montaña de Oro State Park Campground, offers 48 standard campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. The campground is set inland from the beach, out of view of the ocean but still close enough to hear the waves crashing ashore. Shade is limited. In addition to the standard sites, there are 3 Horse Campsites, 2 Group Horse Campsites, and 4 Environmental Campsites.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
Montaña de Oro Equestrian Campsites
Montaña de Oro has 3 standard campsites apart from the main campground for those with horses. Sites can accommodate up to 4 vehicles. Pit toilets are provided. Water is available for horses, but no potable water. The first horse is included in the price of the campsite, additional horses up to a maximum of 6 are $2 each per night.
Group Equestrian Camps
There are 2 group equestrian sites. Each site can accommodate between 9 and 50 people along with up to 20 vehicles. A minimum of 7 horses is required to reserve a group site. Additional horses are $2 each per night, up to a maximum of 25. Limited corral space is provided. Water for horses is available, but not for people.
Fees: Standard horse site - $50 per night, Group sites $150 per night
Reservations (year-round): Montaña de Oro SP Equestrian Campsite Reservations