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Crystal Cove State Park – Deer Canyon Campground California

Crystal Cove State Park – Deer Canyon Overview

Crystal Cove State Park Deer Canyon Sign

Crystal Cove State Park – Deer Canyon campground is one of three backcountry/primitive campgrounds in the park and is located on the Red Tail Ridge Trail about 3 miles from the parking lot.

There are approximately 5 primitive campsites and most have great views of the distant ocean and surrounding hills. Each site has has a decent area to pitch a tent or two, and most also have a picnic table.  Campers must bring all of their gear, water and food, and pack everything back out.  Campfires and pets are not allowed. A vault toilet is also located at the campground.

Crystal Cove State Park – Deer Canyon – Area Recreation

The campground provides easy access to miles of hiking and excellent mountain biking trails. Wildlife viewing opportunities include deer, bobcat, coyote, pheasant, quail, hawks, and a variety of other creatures. There’s also the occasional rattlesnake (usually appearing from May through October).  You can also hike back down to beautiful Moro Beach (access via a tunnel under the Pacific Coast Highway), and enjoy swimming, surfing, snorkeling, beach combing and sunbathing. There’s also some good marine wildlife viewing here too.

The two other backcountry / primitive campgrounds are Upper Moro and Lower Moro.  Moro campground is also located in the park (trailers and RVs only).  Crystal Cove State Park Historic District is also just a few miles up the coast.

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Amenities
  • Campsite Tables
  • Cell Service - Good
  • Hike/Bike Campsites
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
Activities
  • Archeological Sites
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Historic Sites
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Ocean
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California 92651
949 494-3539
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Best Campsites

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Campsite Types
  • Primitive
  • Tent
  • Walk-To
# of Campsites:

5

Season:

Year Round

Elevation:

650

Crystal Cove State Park – Deer Canyon Photos

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Crystal Cove State Park Deer Canyon Sign
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Crystal Cove State Park Inland View
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