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General Information

Crystal Cove State Park Moro Campground, including the Lower Moro Campground, is located in Orange County, California. This state park covers a large expanse with coastal cliffs, beachfronts, and inland canyons, offering visitors a range of natural beauty and outdoor activities.

Lower Moro Campground Specifics

Lower Moro Campground is one of three camping areas in the backcountry area of Crystal Cove State Park. This is a primitive campground, meaning it provides a more rugged outdoor experience than the Moro Campground near the entrance of the park, which has some amenities.

Access and Booking

  • Reservations: Camping reservations are generally necessary and can be made up to six months in advance through Reserve California (https://www.reservecalifornia.com/).
  • Hike-in Requirement: Lower Moro Campground is accessible only by foot, requiring visitors to hike in with all their gear. The trail to Lower Moro is part of a greater network of hiking trails in the park.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Water: There is no potable water available at Lower Moro Campground, so campers must bring sufficient water for their needs.
  • Restrooms: There are vault toilets but no flush toilets or showers.
  • Trash: This is a "pack it in, pack it out" campground, meaning visitors must take all their trash with them when they leave.

Camping Experience

  • Environment: The campsites at Lower Moro are on a plateau offering beautiful ocean views.
  • Campfires: Fires are not allowed in the backcountry, including Lower Moro Campground. Camp stoves can be used for cooking.
  • Wildlife: The park is home to a variety of wildlife; you should store food properly to avoid attracting animals to your site.


  • Hiking: There are over 18 miles of hiking trails in the park, ranging from easy to strenuous.
  • Mountain Biking and Equestrian Trails: Some trails are designated for mountain biking and horseback riding.
  • Beach Access: Visitors can hike down to enjoy the beach and tidepools.

Regulations and Safety

  • Maximum Stay: There is often a maximum number of consecutive nights a camper can stay.
  • Quiet Hours: There are established quiet hours that must be respected for the peace of the environment and fellow campers.
  • Wildlife Precautions: Proper food storage is crucial to deter wildlife intrusions. Also, maintain a safe distance from any wildlife you encounter.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Always be prepared with a first-aid kit, and be aware of the park's emergency protocols.

Getting There

  • Address: Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
  • Directions: The Park is located off the Pacific Coast Highway; specific directions to the trailhead for Lower Moro should be followed as per park maps.

Tips for an Enjoyable Stay

  • Bring Adequate Water: Ensuring you have enough water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning is essential.
  • Arrive Early: Setting up your camp during daylight is always easier and safer.
  • Pack Lightly but Efficiently: Remember, you have to carry everything you need on your back to the site.
  • Check Weather Conditions: Coastal weather can be unpredictable, so pack for various conditions.
  • Leave No Trace: Respect the environment and follow the principles of Leave No Trace to minimize your impact.

Before heading out to camp at Lower Moro Campground, always check with the State Park for the latest information on conditions, regulations, and any park advisories.

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