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Family Camping
Family campsites accommodate up to 8 people. They are developed campsites with amenities that vary from park to park, and may include fire pits or fire rings, picnic tables, showers, a water supply, and a cleared area for your tent.

Each campground has a limit on the consecutive number of nights a camper may stay. Campers may stay in the park for a maximum of 10 consecutive nights and then must vacate the campground for at least 48 hours.  Campers may then stay for an additional 10 nights for a total 20-day stay limit per calendar year in the campground.

A parent or guardian must accompany youths under 18 years of age. The Supervising Ranger may approve the stay of a youth that presents written consent from the parent or guardian that states the dates of the authorized stay and the park name.

include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer.  A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles/autos, travel, boat, and utility trailers-may be parked at most campsites.

Group Camping
Group campsites accommodate groups as small as 9 or as large as 100, depending on the park. At some campgrounds, group sites can be combined for larger groups. Youth groups (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by at least 1 adult for every 15 youths. Stays are limited to 7 nights.
The following sites offer group camping:
Montaña De Oro
| Morro Bay State Park

Enroute Camping
The parks listed below have campsites that are available to self-contained camping vehicles only. Because these areas are used as parking lots during the day, you must leave them by 9:00 a.m. the following morning. Call ahead to make sure that your vehicle can be accommodated. (Contact Us)
The following site offers enroute camping:
Montaña De Oro

Equestrian Campsites

Montaña De Oro
Montaña De Oro has pit toilets and no hook-ups. Hazard Horse Camp has two sites (Madrone and Oak) for groups up to 50 people and four family horse camps.  No dogs are allowed on the trails. All campers must haul out own trash and muck-out stalls. There is water for horses only, campers must bring own potable water.

Enviromental Camping
Environmental campsites are located in relatively undisturbed natural settings. Each site has a table, a clearing for your tent, and a primitive toilet nearby. Environmental campsite fees and hike-in distances vary between parks. Plan ahead to arrive at your campsite before dark.

Individual Accessibly Designed Camping

Hearst San Simeon State Park

One of the goals of California State Parks is to make sure that everyone - including visitors with disabilities - has access to the natural and cultural wonders that make up California State Parks. State Parks is continuing to work to make our parks more accessible.

For more information: | Phone: (916) 445-8949 | Fax: (916) 449-8966

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Pismo State Beach

Oceano Campground
Three designated accessible sites are usable. Furnishings may be tight, and assistance may be required with water, grills and trash disposal. Restroom with showers. Combination restroom number two in the RV area is generally accessible. Toilets are generally accessible and showers are usable.

North Beach Campground
All 16 sites have firm surfaces and accessible tables. Sites #10, 34, 37, 65 and 84 have the most accessible features. Assistance may be required with water, trash disposal and fire rings, restrooms with showers which are all generally accessible. Routes of travel are accessible and designated accessible parking is often adjacent to the restrooms.

We are working to improve accessibility throughout our parks but we regret that there are currently no (wheelchair) accessible activities at this park. This may be an undeveloped park, or there may be terrain, historic or resource protection issues or other limiting factors. However, there may be some accessible features, such as parking areas, restrooms, and routes of travel, that meet some of the current accessibility guidelines. Call the park or email us at for details.

More information on the state park website at

Primitive Camping

The following sites offer primitive camping:  Montaña De Oro | Washburn

RV Camping

The following sites offer RV camping in the San Luis Obispo Coast District:

Montaña De Oro State Park

The maximum length for an RV is 27 feet.

Morro Bay State Park Campground
The maximum length for an RV is 35 feet. 

Morro Strand State Beach

The maximum length for an RV is 24 feet. 

Hearst San Simeon State Park Campground

The maximum length for an RV is 35 feet.

RV Rental Information
For information on renting Family Travel Trailers at the above listed parks, including delivery and setup, please visit  Paso Robles RV Rentals.

Reservation Information
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275 (PARK). Due to seasonal volume, access to the Reserve America’s website and telephone line may be limited at times.
Camping Reservations Guide

Reservation Sale Dates

On the first of each month, campers will have access to an entire month of available start dates, up to 7 months in advance. Count the month you are in as month number one. For instance, if you count September as the first month you can make reservations for all dates beginning in March.




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You may secure camping reservations as late as 2 days prior to your planned arrival, subject to availability.

Website inventory for the "on-sale" dates are available at 8:00 a.m. the same time the inventory is made available over the telephone. After that time the data is available for reservations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Camping Rules


Campsite assignments are made upon your arrival.
For after-hours staff assistance contact the camp hosts who are located within the park to take reports of any problems or call 911
All vehicles in the park must be currently registered with a receipt displayed on the lower left corner of the windshield.
A maximum of 3 vehicles per campsite are permitted at one time
Bicyclists under the age of 18 years old must ride with a protective helmet
Generators can only be on between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Dogs must be kept on leashes no longer than 6' and in a tent or enclosed vehicle at night. Except for guide dogs, pets are not allowed in park buildings, on trails, or on most beaches. Check out our map (link) that shows beaches where dogs are permitted.
Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Coin operated showers are available at most campgrounds. Prices are usually twenty-five cents.

Beach Camping at Oceano

State Vehicular Recreation Area Camping is allowed south of Post 2 on the beach and in the open dune area. Vault toilets and chemical toilets are provided, but water must be brought in and trash must be packed out. Campsite reservation information can be obtained by calling 1-800-444-7275. Campsites are available by reservation year-round and can be made from 10 days to six months in advance. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for holiday periods.

High tides, heavy rains, and blowing sand determine whether or not you can drive down the beach without getting stuck. Access to the OHV and camping area may be restricted periodically by Arroyo Grande Creek which is subject to water releases at Lopez Dam and increased flow during winter storms.

Beach camping is recommended for 4- wheel drive vehicles only. A dump station, located on Le Sage Drive, 1/10 miles North of Grand Ave. on Hwy 1, is available to campers.

The OHV Area
Post 2 is one mile south on the beach from Pier Avenue and marks the beginning of the OHV area. All OHVs must be transported to this point before off-loading. Fenced and signed areas are closed to vehicular use either because the property beyond is private or because the area contains sensitive plant and animal life.

Emergency Situations
In case of vehicle accidents or injuries, contact a ranger or attempt to radio ranger base on CB radio, channel 9. An emergency solar-powered call-box is located at the entrance to Sand Highway. Do not move an injured person unless he is in immediate danger.

If your vehicle becomes stuck, you might try the following:


Drop your tire pressure, but don't go below 15 lbs PSI.
Dig out the sand from around your tires.
Recruit some friends and — keeping the front wheels straight — push and drive your vehicle either forward or backward. Don't allow your wheels to spin, this will dig you in deeper.
Beach towing is available if needed.
Dangerous currents, called riptides, are caused by the combination of wave action and the shape of the shoreline. Should you become caught in a riptide while swimming, don't try to swim against the current. Swim parallel to the shore until you're out of the rip. Then make your way to shore. There is lifeguard service available at Oceano Dunes SVRA June through Labor Day.

All OHVs must be registered through the Department of Motor Vehicles and display a current green sticker. Funds generated from OHV registration are used for acquisition, development, and operation of OHV areas.

Off-Highway Vehicle Use
Driving an OHV can be an exciting, yet dangerous, adventure. You can minimize your chance of injury and maximize your enjoyment through common sense, intelligent vehicle operation and by extending courtesy and respect to other riders.

Safety Tips
It is recommended that all ATV operators take part in a formal safety training course under supervision of a certified ATV instructor. Such training is mandatory for those under 18..
Proper riding equipment is essential to the safe operation of an OHV. Each ATV rider must wear a helmet and should wear proper protective clothing.
Before starting out, familiarize yourself with the terrain. Learn to recognize the telltale signs of a slipface. AVOID SURPRISES.
Inexperienced riders should thoroughly acquaint themselves with all vehicle controls before starting out. Be especially cautious when driving east in the dunes because dune slipfaces normally face to the east.
Drive within the limits of your ability. Don’t go faster or climb higher than you can safely handle. Watch out for other riders. When in doubt, take time to think and look the situation over before you proceed.

Where to Get Help
On major holiday weekends, the ranger staff is supplemented by volunteer groups such as the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and the Equestrian Mounted Assistance Patrol. All of these people are prepared to offer help and information to visitors. On most holiday weekends a mobile ranger station is located at the Sand Highway entrance.

For Information Contact:
Oceano Dunes
State Vehicular Recreation Area
576 Camino Mercado, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 473-7223 (Recorded)
Reservations: (800) 444-7275

Family Camping
Group Camping
Enroute Camping
Equestrian Campsites
Environmental Camping
Accessibly Designed
Primitive Camping
RV Camping
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