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Best trails in Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

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Explore the most popular trails in Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

This off road area is among the most popular and unique of California State Parks. The 5 miles of beach open for vehicle use and the sand dunes available for off highway motor vehicle recreation are attractions for visitors from throughout the United States. Oceano Dunes is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach. Passenger cars can easily drive on the northern portion of the beach. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving to the camping and off highway vehicle use areas in the park. Beach wheelchairs are available for loan at the Pier and Grand Avenue entrances to the beach. Surfing, swimming, surf fishing, horseback riding and bird watching are popular activities.

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Map of trails in Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
Park information
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Contact
(805) 773-7170
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Oso Flaco Lake Trail
Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 42 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 Please note: For about half Show more
#2 - Sand Highway OHV Trail
Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
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Length: 10 mi
Sand Highway OHV Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nipomo, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off Show more