Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro Campground

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New El Moro Campground, 7/1/11

This new campground opened July 2011.  The campgrounds are on the bluff top South of El Morro School.  The new day use area with beach access and access to the backcountry trails is just below the bluffs.  The day use area features creek restorations, beautiful rock and dry creekbed themed amphitheater and a wheelchair accessible nature path around the creek restoration near the backcountry trail head.  No campfires or charcoal grills are allowed so you might want to bring your battery operated and propane camping gear.  This page has a few pics of each section of the new El Moro camp.  Follow the El Moro Canyon link at the end for more details and pics of the backcountry area.  Follow the Laguna Canyon link at the end for pictures of other areas of Crystal Cove State Park plus the adjacent Laguna Coast Wilderness Park area.  Click any picture below to enlarge. 

Campgrounds:
Both tent sites and RV sites available, all camp sites have an ocean view.  Click here for reservation information.

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Day Use Area:

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View of the day use area from the bluff top campgrounds

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The "amphitheater", still under construction on 7/1/11, now completed

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Day use area

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The cleanest state park restroom I've ever seen, I had to include this

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Rest area in the day use (the bluff tops by the campsites have them too)

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Nice looking trash receptacles

Beach Access:

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From the day use area take the tunnel under PCH to the beach

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View toward the day use area from under the tunnel

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View of the beach from under the tunnel

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The beach! (Side note: sand-going wheelchairs are available at the ranger station)

Wheelchair Accessible Trail:
The path spans the lenghth of the day use area beginning near the PCH end, following along the creek restoration area, joining the beginning of the backcountry trail area near the bridge at the foothill end of the day use area. 

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Beginning of the wheelchair accessible path from the day use area

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Bridge to backcountry trails & wheelchair accessible path, foothill side of the day use area

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Creekside riparian habitat on the wheelchair accessible path

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Backcountry Trails Access:
Popular for hiking and mountain biking

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Foothill side of day use area, cross the bridge & take the trail straight ahead to the backcountry

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Trail map signs are posted throughout the backcountry trails

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El Moro Canyon Trail

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See more about El Moro Canyon Backcountry Trails on the El Moro Canyon page

See the Laguna Canyon Area page for links to more pages on Crystal Cove SP and Laguna Coast Wilderness park (which is adjacent to the Crystal Cove SP El Moro Canyon backcountry). 

El Moro Campground in the news:
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/29/news/la-trb-campground-crystal-cove-state-park-20110627
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/El-Moro-Campground-Laguna-Beach-124815899.html

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