Let your inner road ranger out on the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. This very popular and unique California State Park encompasses 3,600 acres of off road area. Embark on a 5.5 mile beach excursion with 1,500 acres of sand dunes available for off highway motor vehicle recreation. It is the only California State Park where vehicles may drive on the beach.
If you do not have your own equipment, hummer and ATV rentals are available from Pacific Adventure Tours and Extreme Hummer Adventures. Choose a wild and crazy ride or opt for an at ease adventure across the world famous Dunes.
If zooming around on motor vehicles is not your forte, opt for one of the many other activities available for you at the Dunes including surfing, swimming, surf fishing, bird watching and horseback riding.
Oceano Dunes History
The sand dunes of Oceano are recognized as the most extensive coastal dunes remaining in California by scientists, conservationists, government agencies and the public. The dunes are composed of materials carried down from various rivers and creeks and deposited in the area by ocean currents. The prevailing ocean winds then shape the dunes into what we see today.
The Chumash and Dunites used to walk these very Dunes. Learn of these amazing people and see what attracted both cultures to this beautiful area. The Nature Center located at the entrance of the Oceano Campground has more information.
Adhere to all rules and regulations and always remember safety first as you set out on your Oceano Dune adventure.