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About Morro Dunes Natural Preserve in Los Osos, California

The northern end of the sand spit that divides Morro Bay from the ocean is a protected area called Morro Dunes Natural Preserve. This natural area is covered with dunes that birds use to bury their eggs in when nesting each year. For this reason the area has been protected as a natural preserve. To get here you must walk out through Montana de Oro State Park.

The best starting point is from the Sandspit Day-Use Parking Area. The entrance to this lot is on the right hand side of Pecho Valley Road as you drive south on it from Los Osos. Keep in mind that it’s a four mile long hike to the natural preserve near the end of the spit and portions of it are closed March through September for Snowy Plover nesting season. If you do this hike bring water, food, and sun and wind protection depending on the time of year you go.

When you get to the end you will have incredible views across the bay to the city of Morro Bay and across the harbor entrance to Morro Rock where all the tourists are.

If that walk sounds too daunting, another option is to paddle over here from anywhere in Morro Bay. Kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available in town and it’s a short trip across the water where you can pull your craft ashore and walk around the end of the spit. No matter how you get here, you’ll probably have this incredible beach all to yourself.

Pecho Valley Rd
Los Osos, CA 93402
Park Name
Morro Dunes Natural Preserve
State Natural Preserve
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Free parking at Sandspit Trailhead
Beachcombing, Birdwatching, Beach Walking
Dunes, No Facilities
Map of Morro Dunes Natural Preserve
Morro Bay, US
3:28 pm, June 14, 2024
temperature icon 86°F
L: 54° H: 86°
Feels like 82.85 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 8.12
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:48 am
Sunset: 8:19 pm
Humidity 23 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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