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Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve


The 286 acre Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve was designated as an ecological reserve in 1983. It consists of two units: the 236 acre Bayview Unit and the 50 acre Pecho Unit.

The ecological reserve is within the Los Osos coastal dune complex south of Morro Bay providing habitat for the endangered Morro shoulderband snail, Morro Bay kangaroo rat, and a variety of reptiles, birds, amphibians and butterflies. Significant plant resources include coastal sage scrub, dune scrub, Morro manzanita and maritime chaparral.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office at (559) 243-4005.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails

Activities: wildlife viewing and hiking.

Equestrian use prohibited

Hunting and equestrian use is prohibited.

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Central Region (Region 4)

San Luis Obispo County

Directions: The Pecho Unit is on the northern edge of Montana de Oro State Park, on Pecho Valley Road. Access is from Montana de Oro State Park at the Rim trailhead parking area.

The Bayview Unit trail access is from Broderson Ave, south of Los Osos Valley Road.

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