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Old 02-20-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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El Chorro Regional Park - San Luis Obispo, CA

Spent President's Day Week-End here, and found the park quite nice. It's part of the San Luis Obispo Regional Park System. $38/night for a full hook-up, and the place was clean, neat and reasonably quiet. RV sites are well-spaced. They claim the shower was $1.00/3 minutes, but it was the longest 3 minutes I ever saw! We did get some very distant sounds from National Guard's Camp San Luis Obispo (cadence counting & gunnery practice) but it was not intrusive at all, and only for short periods. The park is adjacent to a golf course, and also has very large picnic and gathering grounds. It wasn't full, but I imagine it might be during warmer weather.

By contrast, Morro Bay State Park was full, sites very close together, and they were getting $50/night for full hook-ups. I'm a pretty good supporter of California State Parks, but I'll take El Chorro as first choice in this area.

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Thanks for the heads up!
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Good to know! We'll be at Pismo SB in April and they're a little pricey for only water and electricity ... but you do have the ocean close by. And El Chorro is only 22 minutes form Pismo!!
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Spent President's Day Week-End here, and found the park quite nice. It's part of the San Luis Obispo Regional Park System. $38/night for a full hook-up, and the place was clean, neat and reasonably quiet. RV sites are well-spaced. They claim the shower was $1.00/3 minutes, but it was the longest 3 minutes I ever saw! We did get some very distant sounds from National Guard's Camp San Luis Obispo (cadence counting & gunnery practice) but it was not intrusive at all, and only for short periods. The park is adjacent to a golf course, and also has very large picnic and gathering grounds. It wasn't full, but I imagine it might be during warmer weather.

By contrast, Morro Bay State Park was full, sites very close together, and they were getting $50/night for full hook-ups. I'm a pretty good supporter of California State Parks, but I'll take El Chorro as first choice in this area.

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Thanks! We totally missed this one. Made our reservation for next month while visiting our son in SLO. 14 minutes from his apartment! Now… any recommendations for the Ventura area??
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The only two places I've stayed down Ventura way have been Refugio State Beach, and El Capitan State Beach, and then it was a number of years ago in my tent camping days. They're smaller places, and fill up fast, but right on the coast near Santa Barbara.
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El Chorro is absolutely lovely, but it isn't on the water. For folks who want to be bay or ocean front, MB State Park is one of many options in Morro Bay, albeit many of them have sites that are close together.
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The only two places I've stayed down Ventura way have been Refugio State Beach, and El Capitan State Beach, and then it was a number of years ago in my tent camping days. They're smaller places, and fill up fast, but right on the coast near Santa Barbara.
Both of these SP's are north of Santa Barbara which in turn is north of Ventura. Depending on what you want, there's camping in Ventura which includes McGrath (which I like) Rincon Stretch, Hobsons, Emma Wood and others (which are ocean front) and camping in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara.
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Montana de Oro State Park is 10 minutes from Morro Bay- no hookups, no showers, but the local paper consistently ranks the park(17 Sq. mi. ocean front) as the #1 place to take out of town visitors in San Luis Obispo County; $25. You can use facilities at MB State Park with receipt. No reservations from Labor Day to Memorial Day.

In Ventura County check out Dennison Park in Ojai. There are a few more remote camps as well including Pine Mountain on CA 33.
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Yes, Montaña de Oro SP is beautiful and I'd highly recommend it too.
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We drove up to Montana de Oro (sans trailer) while in the area to check it out for a possible future visit, and I'm ready to give it an extended week-end some time. I love those parks that have kept and maintained original houses and buildings from bygone eras, and the drive was worth it just to step back in time and imagine what a working ranch such as this might have been.
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