Montaña de Oro State Park & Spooner Ranch House

Montaña de Oro State Park & Spooner Ranch House

Montaña de Oro is a beloved State Park among locals for its long bluff trail, challenging peaks, and cultural history. With over 8,000 acres, including seven miles of shoreline, it is one of the largest State Parks in California. The park is enjoyed for its wildlife viewing, tide pooling, hiking, camping, surfing, mountain biking, and horseback riding experiences. For more information, click here to access the State Parks webpage.

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Spooner Ranch House

Spooner Ranch House offers a unique glimpse into the location’s past. From the Native people originally inhabiting the Pecho Coast over 9,000 years ago, to European explorers, ranchers and farmers, Montaña de Oro has been a home to humans. A visit to the house provides a glimpse into what life was like for the Spooner family in the early 1900’s, with period furnishings and the opportunity to interact with living history volunteers as members of the Spooner family. The Ranch House serves as a visitor’s center for the park with trail maps and park information. The Spooner Ranch House also includes a nature store, with a variety of park-related merchandise available for purchase.

Photos: Joe Decruyenaere/Flickr and Mike Baird/Flickr