Montaña de Oro State Park & Spooner Ranch House
  • Photo by Mike Baird
  • Photo by Mike Baird

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. It is also enjoyed for its wildlife viewing, tidepooling, hiking, camping, mountain biking and horseback riding experiences. Visitors are often treated to flocks of brown pelicans skimming the water, whales spouting during their annual migration and a variety of other wildlife. Many couples have chosen spectacular Spooner’s Cove for their wedding.

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 9000 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 docents 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 gift shop, with a variety of park-related merchandise available for purchase. For more information, click here to access the State Parks webpage.

Photos: Joe Decruyenaere/Flickr and Mike Baird/Flickr