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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.

Mission Statement


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.



Preservation

Our priority is to protect our natural environment and to ensure it will continue to be enjoyed by future generations. This involves preserving habitats, maintaining genetic diversity, researching “natural” areas, and providing locations for educational and recreational activities.


Education

Crystal Cove has a number of interpretive staff who provide educational opportunities to inform visitors on the natural and cultural resources of the park, and to cultivate an appreciation and participation in their protection.


Recreation

The more we love something, the more committed we will be to conserve it, and it doesn’t take much to fall in love with Crystal Cove. In addition to promoting health and fitness, outdoor recreation strengthens the positive relationship between nature and the public.        .

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.

 

Camping Info

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.reserveamerica.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.