Crystal Cove State Park – Deer Canyon Overview
Crystal Cove State Park – Deer Canyon campground is one of three backcountry/primitive campgrounds in the park and is located on the Red Tail Ridge Trail about 3 miles from the parking lot.
There are approximately 5 primitive campsites and most have great views of the distant ocean and surrounding hills. Each site has has a decent area to pitch a tent or two, and most also have a picnic table. Campers must bring all of their gear, water and food, and pack everything back out. Campfires and pets are not allowed. A vault toilet is also located at the campground.
Crystal Cove State Park – Deer Canyon – Area Recreation
The campground provides easy access to miles of hiking and excellent mountain biking trails. Wildlife viewing opportunities include deer, bobcat, coyote, pheasant, quail, hawks, and a variety of other creatures. There’s also the occasional rattlesnake (usually appearing from May through October). You can also hike back down to beautiful Moro Beach (access via a tunnel under the Pacific Coast Highway), and enjoy swimming, surfing, snorkeling, beach combing and sunbathing. There’s also some good marine wildlife viewing here too.
The two other backcountry / primitive campgrounds are Upper Moro and Lower Moro. Moro campground is also located in the park (trailers and RVs only). Crystal Cove State Park Historic District is also just a few miles up the coast.
- Campsite Tables
- Hike/Bike Campsites
- Ranger Station
- Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
- Archeological Sites
- Bird Watching
- Historic Sites
- Interpretive Programs
- Mountain Biking
- Nature Trails
- Walking Trails
- Wilderness Area
- Wildlife Viewing
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