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Morro Bay Sand Spit

Morro Bay Sand Spit
Sand Dunes at Morro Bay sandspit - Looking across the harbor entrance from Morro Rock

Location:  Morro Bay, California 


The Morro Bay sand spit is a unique barrier of sand dunes separating Morro Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The sand spit is now a protected area called the Morro Dunes Natural Preserve. The sand spit forms the northern extension of Montana de Oro State Park.

Off-highway vehicles and sandboarding are no longer allowed.

Managed By

California Department of Parks and Recreation - Montana de Oro State Park

Size:  4-mile-long sand spit

Date of Closure:  

Type of Closure: Permanent

Reason for Closure

Private land purchased and converted to the park & preserve.

Other information: 

Easiest way to access the Morro Dunes Natural Preserve is by boat or kayak.  Access by land, take Los Osos Valley Rd. west, then turn right onto Sand Spit Rd.

Endangered or Threatened Species:

  • Western Snowy Plover - Threatened

  • Morro blue butterfly - Sensitive (Silver Dune Lupine is the host plant)



Other Photos:

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Looking across Morro Bay at the sand spit - from south to north

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