Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park

60 State Park Rd.
Morro Bay, California 93442
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Local Phone: (805) 772-2560

Let Morro Rock, a 581-foot-high volcanic plug and major coastal landmark, be your guide as you explore two dog-friendly beaches. Both beaches require dogs to be on a six-foot leash.

To the south of the rock is the harbor mouth and a gorgeous sheltered beach. At low tide the beach is a nice area for a walk. Tide pools abound at either end. Keep an eye on the rock for peregrine falcons and seagulls; both nest here in the spring.

Morro's second dog-friendly beach is on the north side of the pier. Canines are welcome for roughly a mile (a sign on the beach will let you know when to turn back). Dogs and hikers are not allowed in the dunes in order to protect nesting shorebirds.

Dogs are not allowed on Morro Strand State Beach.

Help us keep this beach beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules
• Respect natural marine life and habitats
• Be aware of tides and currents
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

Dog at a restaurant
Bella dining out in Paso Robles. (CC) Diane Main
So long as the weather is good, which is 90 percent of the time on the Central Coast, visitors with dogs will have no problem finding a place to chow down at an outdoor table where Daisy can relax, too.  In downtown SLO, head for Luna Red, across from the mission, which offers fine dining with outdoor seating for dogs and their families. The menu changes seasonally based on supply from local farmers and fishermen. Outdoor dining is complemented with views of the mission, and of course your happy pooch at your feet. more »
Dog in a cart
Ready for a trip to town. (CC) E. Haug
San Luis Obispo, home to California Polytechnic State University, is a quintessential college town nestled in a sea of hills just 10 miles from the Pacific coast. It has just about everything going for it so far as DogTrekkers are concerned, from dog-friendly hotels and restaurants to dog parks and historic sites including a Spanish mission dating to 1772 and an 1850s adobe home whose alluring gardens are open to canine visitors with people on the other end of the leash. Even SLOMA, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, is happy to host leashed dogs and their owners during regular business hours.  more »
Emma and Abbey Elfin Forest
Emma and Abbey at play at the Elfin Forest
Photo: Robyn O'Leary (CC)
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Dogs on Pismo State Beach
Dogs on Pismo State Beach
 
San Luis Obispo County on California’s Central Coast is as mellow for dogs as it is for humans. But while there are lots of off-leash dog parks and play areas in the vicinity of SLO town, there are just a couple of places in the sand-and-sea department where Dottie can frolic off-leash (provided, of course, she is socialized to the max, has an ultra-reliable recall and can be trusted not to steal beach-goers socks or picnic goodies). more »
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