Update (Dec. 7, 2020): California has issued a Regional Stay at Home Order to stop the surge of COVID-19 cases and prevent a strain on the health care system. This action will help protect critical care for patients. While the order includes the closure of campground sites in impacted regions, the state also recognizes that mental health is physical health. As such, day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public will remain open. Members of the same household are encouraged to stay local and recreate responsibly in the outdoors. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for this park unit.
Here is some additional information for locals visiting Crystal Cove State Park:
What is open now?
- All day use areas (Beach, Coastal Terrace, Hiking Trails, etc.)
- All parking lots
- Restaurants (Take out only)
What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
Closed at this park:
- Beach Cottages
- Visitor Centers
- Restaurants (For Dine In)
- Many campgrounds across the state remain temporarily closed until further notice or will be temporarily closed in accordance with the new Regional Stay at Home Order. More information here.
- High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
- Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:
- Stay Local – Stay close to home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Do not travel if you or someone in your household is sick.
- Plan Ahead – The COVID-19 pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check this webpage again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place.
- Stay Safer at 6 feet – No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance.
- Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
- Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
- Keep Clean – Be prepared. Not all restrooms are open to the public. in some cases, restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.
- Stay Covered – The state requires you wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.
Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. The need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.
For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
News, Info & Current Projects
Annual Passes –State Parks thanks all who purchased annual passes last past year and have been unable to use them during the last three months due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic and its statewide impact. The department is extending annual passes for three (3) months to those pass holders that meeting the below criteria.
|Annual Pass Expired or will Expire:||Extension through:|
|Expired March 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020||September 30, 2020|
|Expires July 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021||+3 months|
This extension applies to the following annual passes:
|California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)|
|Centennial Redwood “Golden Poppy” Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)|
|Tahoe Regional Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)|
|Historian Passport Day Use Annual Pass (Wallet Card)|
|Boat Use Annual Pass (Hangtag or Sticker)|
|Oversized Vehicle Pass (Hangtag or Sticker)|
|Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)|
|Limited Use Golden Bear Pass|
All other terms and conditions of your will pass remain in effect.
If you have any questions, please contact the Park Pass Sales Office at ParkPassInfo@parks.ca.gov or (800) 777-0369 ext. 2 or (916) 653-8280. You may also contact your nearest State Park District Office. Thank you for your continued patronage to the State Park System.
What to know before you visit.
Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. It features 3.2 miles of beach, 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness and an offshore underwater area.
The park also features the federally listed Historic District, an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & 40’s and nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek.
We are located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.
The Park is open between 6:00am and sunset, with the Historic District area remaining open until 10:00pm. Parking does require a fee. Click here for more info.
There are four entrances: two along the bluffs at Pelican Point and Reef Point, and two inland at Los Trancos and School/State Park.
State Park staff and docents conduct interpretive programs year-round including guided hikes, tidepool walks, and geology talks. Click here for Park Calendar.
The mission of the California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration, and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
Like To Hike?
The inland portion of Crystal Cove State Park is a hidden gem of the Orange County region, from the wooded Moro Canyon, up to the spectacular coastal views of Moro Ridge. It is a perfect way for visitors to feel they are “away from it all,” despite being near one of the greatest population centers in the United States.
Our backcountry consists of 2,400 undeveloped acres of land, and over 15 total miles of trails. Trails are open to hiking, biking, and equestrian use, with a variety of difficulties from quick and easy to long and strenuous.
Our coastal portion also features a 2.5 mile paved trail that runs along the bluff tops, perfect for easy walks and bike riding. This is also the only trail in our park in which leashed dogs are allowed.
- Docent and staff-led activities are scheduled throughout the year in our park, such as full-moon hikes and bird walks. Dates for these events can be found on our calendar.
- A diversity of wildlife can be found at our park, including coyotes, bobcats, wood rats, gopher snakes, rattlesnakes, and numerous species of birds.
- Parking for Back Country Hiking Trails at Ranger Station or Lower Moro Day Use Lot.
The Moro campground, which is located on a bluff top with unparalleled ocean views, features 27 hookup sites, 30 non-hookup tent sites, both of which include 3 ADA-accessible sites each. We also feature primitive hike-in camping in our backcountry, which has 32 sites spread out across 3 areas. Although it does require a strenuous hike, it provides a peaceful refuge from the urban surroundings.
- For details and information to site-specific reservations, call (800) 444-7275 or visit www.reservecalifornia.com
- RV size limits are 25’ for non-hookup tent sites, and 38’ for hookup RV sites. RVs will be measured upon entry.
- Primitive Sites require a minimum hike of 3 miles. All supplies are packed in and packed out. Bathrooms available.
- Token operated hot showers in Moro Campground available.