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Kayaking Morro Bay

A kayak trip from Spooner's Cove in Montaña de Oro to Morro Rock offers spectacular views and challenging conditions.

Hike On Highway 1

Hiking along the Highway 1 Discovery Route showcases the diversity of this abundant place. From Ragged Point to Nipomo, each corner of coastal SLO CAL has its own distinctive flora, fauna, and history.

Sea Otter Spotting

Cute, furry, and playful, Southern Sea Otters make their homes just offshore along the SLO CAL stretch of Highway 1. Sea otters are native to the north Pacific Ocean, with Monterey Bay, Big Sur, and the Central Coast as hubs of activity.

Monarch Butterfly Grove on Highway 1

The site is part of an Audubon Nature Preserve, featuring a vegetative restoration project and access trails to monarchs and other scenic areas within the preserve. From late October to February, thousands of black and gold Monarch butterflies cluster in cities along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.

Bird Watching on the Central Coast

Ideal climate, terrain, and proximity to the Pacific Flyway makes the SLO CAL stretch of Highway 1 one of the finest birding regions in the world. In fact, of the 1,107 bird species identified in the United States, 467 of those have been seen in San Luis Obispo County. (By way of context, the entire […]

Elfin Forest

El Moro Elfin Forest Natural Area An ancient oak grove, the Elfin Forest is home to trees that grow only 4 to 20 feet tall. Walking the path among these itty-bitty beauties, adults often stand a full head taller than the trees! Skirting the Morro Bay Estuary, this enchanting area offers plenty of moments for […]

Hiking Los Osos

A hiker’s paradise, Los Osos lies in a valley at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Trails of all lengths span beaches, creeks, mountains, and bluffs.

Best Beaches in Central California

The Central Coast boasts some of the best beaches in the U.S., and certainly on the West Coast. Visitors can find a spectrum of options, with ideal beaches for sunbathing, beachcombing, wildlife viewing, surfing, tidepooling, doggie fun or even dune-driving.

Morro Bay Estuary

Morro Bay was designated a state estuary in 1994 and an “estuary of national significance” in 1995 as a result of a tireless community-based effort to protect this precious resource.

Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History – the only one in the California State Park system — opened in 1962. It served over 10,000 visitors in its first two years alone, and now some 65,000 people visit the Museum annually, including 14,000 children who participat

Kayak Horizons

Kayak Morro Bay from the best location on the waterfront.

Wildlife Viewing Tips

Wildlife Viewing Tips California’s central coast award-winning Stewardship Travel Program provides a unique menu of over 50 activities for visitors to play, care, and connect deeper with local residents, scientists, naturalists, wildlife, and heritage sites located along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL). Stewardship Travel makes it […]