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Curtis Black
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El Chorro Regional Park Campground

ABOUT US

El Chorro Regional Park and Campground is located on Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. Use El Chorro as your personal base camp to explore the Central Coast or simply spend a pleasant day in the park enjoying the view from its trails.  El Chorro's trails range from the scenic views on Eagle Rock to the cool riparian area along Dairy Creek in a beautiful setting of coast live oaks and seasonal wildflowers. 

One of the great features of El Chorro Park is the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.  Visit the different mediteranean gardens on display as well as the numerous interpretive and educational programs offered throughout the year.  Other features of the park include softball fields, group picnic areas, off-leash pet area, and a childrens playground.  Don't forget to bring your clubs so you can enjoy a terrific day of golf at Dairy Creek's link style course.

  El Chorro Chumash campsite

HISTORY
Once used extensively by local ranchers for dairy production and cattle grazing, this land was acquired by the Federal Government in the 1940’s to establish Camp San Luis Obispo. The camp was used for training purposes by the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. In 1972 the land was deeded to the County, during President Nixon’s “Legacy of Parks” program, to be managed as a natural park and recreational area for the citizens and visitors of San Luis Obispo County. 
AMENITIES / ACTIVITIES
  • Restrooms / Showers
  • Fire pit at each site
  • RV & primitive sites
  • Golf Course
  • Rock Climbing
  • Playground
  • Softball
  • Horseshoes
  • Volleybal
  • Bird Watching
Dairy Creek Group Day Use Area El Chorro Climbing Rock El Chorro Dog Park - large area
SPECIAL EVENTS / PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
  • Interpretive Nature Hikes
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
  • Arts / Theater
  • Wineries
  • Shopping 
RESTRICTIONS / WARNINGS
None

LOCATION & PHONE NUMBERS

El Chorro Regional Park & Campground
Highway One at Dairy Creek Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST
Office & Reservation Line:
(805) 781-5930
Email:  SLOParks@co.slo.ca.us

DIRECTIONS

Driving south on Highway 101:
Heading south on Highway 101 to San Luis Obispo and take the Santa Rosa Street exit.  Follow exit around to the right until you come to the Santa Rosa Street stoplight.  Turn left onto Santa Rosa Street. Santa Rosa will turn into Highway 1. Follow Santa Rosa Street / Highway I for approximately 4 1/2 miles. El Chorro Regional Park will be located on the right side of the road. It is across the highway from Cuesta College at Dairy Creek Road.

RESERVATIONS

El Chorro campground features 63 campsites. 43 of the sites have full hook-up including electricity, sewer and water.  18 sites are primitive with water nearby.  There are restrooms with hot showers available at the campground.

Camping reservations may be made up to one year in advance.

Make A Reservation 

Last revised: March 2, 2011
 El Chorro Romauldo Loop