Montana de Oro State Park 

The park’s name, meaning Mountain of Gold, is believed to have come from the color of the hillsides in spring. It is said that Missionary Father Junipero Serra scattered wild mustard seeds throughout the valley. Today, Montana de Oro is home to over 8,000 acres of rugged wilderness and jagged coastline. There are many hiking trails including a bluff trail that takes you along the ocean past tidepools and shale rock formations (about a one mile hike on flat even terrain).

Montana de Oro State Park is 30 minutes south of Cayucos.

Shale formation, Montana de Oro State Park