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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.
Where Can I Walk My Dog In The Park?
Dogs are only welcome on the 3-mile paved multi-use bluff trail on the coastal side of Pacific Coast Highway, in parking lots, on the ramps, or on any paved surfaces. Dogs are not permitted on any of the backcountry hiking trails, on the beach, or at the Beachcomber Café.
DOGS IN THE PARK RULES
Your dog must be kept on a leash at all times while in the park. Leashed dogs are allowed in parking lots, the campground & other paved areas, provided that you control and clean up after your pet. Dogs are prohibited from backcountry trails and the beaches for the following reasons…..
To Protect Park Resources
Dogs are predators by nature, and their presence or lingering scent will disturb and frighten wildlife nearby. Dogs can transmit diseases and other parasites to native animals. Dogs that run loose or become lost often harass or kill park wildlife.
For the Safety & Enjoyment of Others
Some people are intimidated by dogs, even friendly ones. Dogs reduce the amount of wildlife that hikers are likely to see. Also, dog waste along trails and on the beach is a major nuisance to encounter and may contaminate the local water supply.
To Prevent Problems for you and your dog
Dogs in wild areas can be bitten by rattlesnakes, or other wildlife they happen to startle. Dogs frequently pick up ticks and are sometimes injured by toxic or thorny plants. If your dog comes in contact with poison oak, it can easily transfer the irritating oil to your skin. An unleashed dog can suffer painful or sometimes fatal falls. Park regulations, common courtesy and good judgment all require that you take special care when bringing your dog to a natural area.
OTHER PLACES TO WALK YOUR DOG
- Alta Laguna Park North end of Alta Laguna Blvd. Laguna Beach West Ridge Trail only.
- Oso Creek Trail-Mission Viejo. Trailhead: From Interstate 5, take La Paz exit. Head NE towards Mission Viejo. At Marguerite turn right. Just past the shopping mall (Estanciero) and over the bridge, turn left into the trailhead parking lot.
- Quail Hill Community Park-35 Shady Canyon, Irvine (949)724-6814. Sand Canyon exit West side of 405 Freeway.
- Dana Point Harbor– (949) 496-6172 Dogs are permitted on paved walkways, but not on beach.
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.