Outstanding Sights and Surf


Crystal Cove State Park is one of the most popular sites in the California State Park system.  Its 2400 acres of largely undeveloped landscape features some of the most celebrated surfing spots in the world such as the renowned Trestles Beach along with an array of tide pools, small coves, and sandy beaches.  Inland are chaparral covered hills that encompass critical habitat for a wide variety of wildlife that use this as a corridor providing one of the last natural zones in a rapidly developing region

The park plays host to beach goers, campers, hikers, and equestrians.  It offers miles of beach combing along with inland trails that wind through the hills.  The park attracts many scuba divers because of the rich marine environment along the coast here.  Many mountain bikers come to ride the scenic trails

Information about Crystal Cove State Park including information about camping sites and reservations may be obtained by calling 949-494-3539.  Crystal Cove State Park is located at 88471 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 82651.  Information is also available through their website http://www.crystalcovestatepark.com

The park is located between the cities of Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach.  It can be reached from the 405, I-5 and 73 freeways.  Dogs must be leashed, and no glass containers are allowed on the beach.  No alcohol is allowed in the park, and smoking is forbidden in the back country areas

Describing the Sights

Crystal Cove State Park occupies about three miles of Pacific shoreline.  Offshore waters are designated as an underwater park where taking of specimens is prohibited.  No gathering of materials is allowed anywhere in the park.  There are several areas of open bluffs along with wooded canyons that provide riparian habitat along a perennial stream

There are hike in camp sites along inland trails that provide a true sense of wilderness adventure.  There is a surprisingly remote feel to these spots that have managed to survive alongside miles of coastal development that border the park

The interior of the park runs along a generally north and east axis.  All day parking passes are available for $15.  An annual pass can be purchased for $195

Campground Information


There are 58 sites available at the Moro Campground.  28 are intended for use by RV’s with the remainder being listed as tent sites.  The campground has restrooms and showers.  There are also three shoreline campgrounds with a total of 34 sites.  Reservations and information about these sites may be obtained by calling 1-800-444-7275.  Crystal Cove also has cottages available for short term rentals along with primitive inland camp sites.  Information on these will be obtained through the main park number 949-494-3539

Beach access is available from several points at Crystal Cove State Park.  Popular points include Reef Point, Pelican Point, and Los Trancos.  All of these sites have parking lots.  The park contains 17 miles of hiking trails.  Expansive views are available from scenic vistas in the inland portions of the park.  Oak and Sycamore Trees line Moro Creek.