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Camping at Point Mugu State Park

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Location and Access

Point Mugu State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California. It stretches along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), offering picturesque views of the ocean. The park's entrances are easily accessible via PCH, with Sycamore Cove being a common access point.


The park includes two main campgrounds:

  • Sycamore Canyon Campground: Nestled in a valley, this campground offers individual sites that can accommodate tents and campers. It features restrooms with showers and is close to a beach access point.
  • Thornhill Broome Campground: Situated along the beachfront, this campground has sites conducive to RVs and trailers, with some also suitable for tents. Amenities are minimal, consisting of portable toilets and no showers.


Reservations can be made ahead of time, which is advisable, especially during peak seasons or weekends, to ensure a camping spot. Reservations for state park campsites in California can typically be made through the ReserveCalifornia website.


Hiking: There are over 70 miles of trails for various levels of hikers. Popular trails include the Sycamore Canyon Trail and the steeper Mugu Peak Trail.

Biking: Some trails are open for mountain bikers, providing an adventurous way to explore the park's backcountry.

Beach Activities: The park boasts extensive beaches which are perfect for swimming, surfing, and fishing. Note that lifeguard services are limited.

Wildlife Watching: The park is home to diverse wildlife, including deer, foxes, and an array of bird species.

Flora and Fauna

Point Mugu State Park supports a rich biodiversity of plant and animal life. It is home to coastal sage scrub, chaparral, riparian, and grassland habitats that house a variety of species.

Fire Safety and Regulations

Campfires may be allowed in provided fire rings, but regulations can change based on wildfire risk. Always check the latest fire restrictions before your visit. Use caution and follow all park rules to prevent wildfires.

Leave No Trace

To keep the park in its natural state, it is crucial to follow Leave No Trace principles. This includes packing out all trash, staying on designated trails, and respecting wildlife and plant life.

Climate and Best Time to Visit

The climate in Point Mugu State Park is typically Mediterranean with dry summers and wet winters. The best times to visit are generally spring and fall when temperatures are moderate. However, summer can be a good time for beach activities despite the heat.

Park Fees

There is a day-use fee for visitors not staying overnight and a separate camping fee for those using the camp sites. Check the latest fees on the California State Parks website or at park entrance stations.

Local Restrictions and Notices

The park may have specific restrictions or notices, such as areas closed for restoration or special events. Always check any recent updates on Point Mugu State Park's official website or contact park authorities directly before planning your trip.

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