Estero Bluffs State Park, Cayucos

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Estero Bluffs State Park is a state park of California, United States, on Estero Bay. The park protects a grassland-dominated marine terrace that slopes from California State Route 1 to the Pacific Ocean. The property is crossed by San Geronimo and Villa Creeks and is just north of the town of Cayucos. The 353acre park was established in 2000.
Estero Bluffs has intertidal areas, wetlands, low bluffs, and coastal terraces punctuated by a number of perennial and intermittent streams and containing a pocket cove and beach at Villa Creek. The park provides habitat for a number of endangered species, including the snowy plover.
The park is made up of a coastline that stretches over 4 miles and covers more than 300 acres of land. Though the shoreline is usually no more than 300 yards away from the highway, the intentional lack of development of the land has left it very similar to its natural state.
Estero Bluffs features a variety of scenic sites along its coast. Visitors can park and see San Geronimo Creek or Villa Creek, which are small lagoons that are present year-round and filled by a constantly running creek. There are also multiple lookout points, including Cayoucos Point, Estero Bay.
The Estero Bluffs area has been home to the Native American Chumash and Salinan people for over 10,000 years. They used various resources gathered from marine and terrestrial areas of the region in order to adapt to various environmental changes. In 1769, the Spanish Portola expedition passed by here. With the explorers came various European diseases that killed many of the indigenous people.
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  • Visited in late june 2022 and a friend gave me a leg up on this (and other) cool places to view. Easy enough trail, stunning views, very zen. Came here a couple of times. With a bit of June gloom.....  more
    Visited in late june 2022 and a friend gave me a leg up on this (and other) cool places to view. Easy enough trail, stunning views, very zen. Came here a couple of times. With a bit of June gloom.....  more »
  • A terrific trail to soak in the views of the Pacific Ocean. Its long but easy. Make sure to take water! 
    A terrific trail to soak in the views of the Pacific Ocean. Its long but easy. Make sure to take water!  more »
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  • Even though there were a lot of surfers, it was peaceful and quiet. You can hear the waves crashing while looking at the Morro Bay rock or the boat. There is a lot of birds, big crabs, while flowers, and the area was clean. I did not see garbage and there is not bathrooms. There is no access for wheelchairs. If you are not use to hiking or out door activities descending will be a little challenging. A lot of friendly people and respectful. Make sure you put on sunscreen even if it is a cold day bring snacks and water but remember to take your garbage with you.
  • A very cool spot! Seems quite secluded for a state park, very quiet and peaceful. The ocean views here are very underrated!

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