Where is it?
Eight miles west of San Luis Obispo and five miles east of Morro Bay, Los Osos Oaks Reserve is found along the busy Los Osos Valley Road at the edge of the small town of Los Osos.
Ancestors of today’s Chumash and Salinian people inhabited the area now encompassed by the reserve for thousands of years. These native people were able to find both fish and shellfish, as well as game and birds of all sizes.
When European explorers came to the area in 1769, they noticed many California grizzly bears, so named the valley Cañada de Los Osos. Soon thereafter, most of the grizzly bears were killed for food.