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Southern California Region
Crystal Cove State Park
CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK
CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK
8471 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California   92651

Phone: 949-492-0802
Reservations: 800-444-7275
The Crystal Cove Historic District is a 12.3-acre coastal portion of the 2,791-acre Crystal Cove State Park. The federally listed Historic District is an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built in the 1920's and 1930's nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek. It is one of the last remaining examples of early 20th century Southern California coastal development.

California State Parks has completed Phase I of the restoration of the Historic District, which provides cottages for visitor services, educational and community programs, a restaurant, and 13 cottages for overnight use by the public.

Cottages available for overnight rental include studios, one- and two-bedroom houses, and hostel-style dormitories. Prices for overnight rentals have been kept as low as possible to provide this fabulous beach experience to as many Californians as possible.

The cottages opened for overnight lodging beginning June 26, 2006. Reservations for stays up to seven months in advance will be taken through the California State Parks reservations contractor, ReserveAmerica.

Also open this summer at the Historic District is the Beachcomber Cafe, a restored beachfront cottage, offering a relaxed dining atmosphere with spectacular ocean views and a quality menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Beachcomber Cafe will join the Crystal Cove Shake Shack, located on Highway 1 overlooking the Historic District, in providing food service to park visitors.

Photo: View of ocean and coastline by air, over Crystal Cove State Park

In addition to the Historic District, Crystal Cove State Park has 3.5 miles of beach and undeveloped woodland, which is popular for hiking and horseback riding. The offshore waters are designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is used by mountain bikers inland and scuba and skin divers underwater. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. Visitors can explore tidepools and sandy coves. Crystal Cove offers sand and surf, rocky reefs, ridges and canyons - plus recreational opportunities - that appeal to everybody. State Park Rangers conduct nature hikes in the winter.

The park features three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is not just used by people who enjoy water related activities, such as swimming, surfing, sunbathing, scuba and skin diving, but also people who like to fish, mountain bike and hike.

The great expanse upland, north and east of the Pacific Coast Highway is for hikers, who can follow hillside and canyon trails to campsites that allow visitors to feel they are "away from it all," despite being near one of the greatest population centers in the United States.

History of the Area
In February 2003, the Preservation and Public Use Plan was adopted by the State Parks and Recreation Commission, which provides long-range recommendations on public access, historic preservation, interpretation, and use of this unique coastal area.

FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Bike Trailsyes
CampingPrimativeyes


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Moro Canyon Trail From Park headquarters to top of Moro Canyon is 7 miles round tripwith 700-foot elevation gainExtending three miles along the coast between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar, and inland over the San Joaquin Hills, 3,000-acre Crystal Cove State Park attracts bird-watchers, beachcombers and hikers.

The backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park is part of the San Joaquin Hills, first used by Mission San Juan Capistrano for grazing land. Cattle raising continued under Jose Sepulveda when the area became part of his land grant, Rancho San Joaquin, in 1837. In 1864, Sepulveda sold the land to James Irvine and his partners and it became part of his Irvine Ranch. Grazing continued until shortly after the state purchased the property as parkland in 1979.

Former Irvine Ranch roads now form a network of hiking trails that loop through the state park. An especially nice trail travels the length of Moro Canyon, the main watershed of the park. An oak woodland, a seasonal stream and sandstone caves are some of the attractions of a walk through this canyon. Bird-watchers may spot the roadrunner, quail, Cooper's hawk, wrentit and many more species.

After exploring inland portions of the state park, allow some time to visit the park's coastline, highlighted by grassy bluffs, sandy beaches, tidepools and coves. The Pelican Point, Crystal Cove, Reef Point and Moro Beach areas of the park allow easy beach access. An offshore area adjacent to the park has been designated an underwater park for divers.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 2 Beautiful Beach by beachbum@<3
Parking for any of the areas is $15 per vehicle, but beach and trail access to the park is free. The beach has a visitor center, historic information, maps, and cute shacks and bars for tourists. There are protected tidepools where starfish, hermit crabs, and anemone are easily spotted, and the water is beautifully clear. Usually you can see a painter or two out on the beach. Across PCH there are many different entrances for hiking trails, though they are difficult to access for pedestrians.


Area Campgrounds

Huntington By The Sea RV Resort
21871 Newland Street
Huntington Beach, CA


Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA
949-729-3863


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The park is located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. Latitude/Longitude: 33.5701 / -117.8756.
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