Crystal Cove State Park RV & Campground Guide


Crystal Cove State Park is located in Newport Beach, California. It features 3 miles of beaches and tide pools, a 1,400-acre marine conservation area and underwater park, 400 acres of bluffs, and 2,400 acres of canyons, making it one of the most scenic state parks within the region. The hottest month in Crystal Cove State Park Beach is September, with daytime temperatures averaging 73.4°F. January is the coolest month in the state park, with the daytime average temperature at 57.2°F. With such a warm climate, visitors can expect to partake in a number of fun outdoor activities year-round.

Crystal Cove State Park is also home to many species of wildlife; most commonly birds and reptiles. Over 180 different species of birds can be observed in the area and there are also approximately 26 registered reptiles that call the park home. From wildlife watching to hiking, camping, swimming, and so much more – keep reading to find out everything you need to know before visiting Crystal Cove State Park.

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Spring 45-70 F
Summer 56-79 F
Fall 46-77 F
Winter 41-66 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Crystal Cove State Park

Forget tent camping - when it comes to experiencing this state park in style, don’t settle for anything less than the glamping that an RV provides. Not only will you have a comfortable bed to come home to after a long day out on the hiking trails, but a fully-stocked kitchen and private bathroom will certainly go a long way in keeping you comfortable during your stay. If you don’t own an RV, you can rent an RV fromRVshare.com to suit your budget, location, and more. Plus, all rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Crystal Cove State Park is home to Moro Campground, containing 58 family campsites (28 of which are designed for RVs and trailers). This popular park can fill-up quickly, however, there are also other RV parks and campgrounds within the region that we can recommend.

Sunset Vista RV Park

Just 12.3 miles from the state park isSunset Vista RV Park, which offers stunning beach views and is within walking distance to a number of great bars, clubs, and restaurants. Prices start at $60 per night (excluding a $10 processing fee).

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: no

  • Wifi: no

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: fire rings, dump station.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

Newport Dunes has been named one of the Top Destinations for RV Vacationers and one of the Top 10 Best Luxury RV Resorts in the U.S. Here, you’ll find 372 Newport Beach campsites, accommodating a wide array of RVs, trailers, and camping options. Rates start from $67.00 per night.

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: dog park, fire pits, clubhouse, outdoor cinema, laundry facility, boat launch, swimming pool, spa.

Live Oak Grove Campground

Live Oak Grove Campground is located in theCaspers Wilderness Park and features 42 camp spots, as well as restrooms and showers. Here, visitors will love fun, in-park activities, including horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and more. Parking fees start from $3 per day.

  • Water hookup: no

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: no

  • Wifi: no

  • Pet-friendly: no

  • Other amenities: picnic tables, BBQs, fire rings, restrooms, showers.

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What to Do at
Crystal Cove State Park

Inside Crystal Cove State Park

At Crystal Cove State Park, there’s something for every type of visitor – whether it’s picnicking, wildlife viewing, swimming, or exploring the region’s seemingly endless trails. You won’t want to waste your precious time spent at Crystal Cove, so we’ve rounded-up the state park’s most popular activities below.

Hiking : The backcountry and wilderness areas offer 18 miles of hiking trails through 2,400 acres of native wilderness, so when it comes to choosing a trail, you’re certainly spoilt for choice. For an easy walk, trek out to Moro Canyon. For something more strenuous, you’ll love exploring the ‘Perimeter of the Park’ trail. View the full list of trailshere.

Tidepool Exploration : The state park also has some wonderful tide pools to explore, each home to creatures such as periwinkle snails, sea anemone, California sea hare, octopus, starfish, and more. Just be sure to familiarise yourself with tidepoolrules and regulations first.

Swimming and Surfing : The state park is home to 3 miles of pristine beaches and the best swimming areas include Muddy Creek, El Moro, Historic District, 3.5 Cove, and Middle of Treasure Cove. Surfing, body surfing, and diving are also activities you can partake in. Viewthis guide for more information.

Bicycling : Bicycles are allowed on paved roads and mountain bikes are allowed in the backcountry (before dark). Keep in mind that anyone under 18 must wear a helmet.

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How to Get to
Crystal Cove State Park

The park is located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, California with easy access from I-5, 405 and 73. Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1, passes directly by the Park.

Entering Crystal Cove State Park

The park opens at 6am and closes at sunset with the exception of the Historic District which closes at 10pm.

Crystal Cove State Park Daily : $15.0

If you’re planning a trip to Crystal Cove State Park, then you sure are in for a treat. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, check out the incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!

Frequently Asked Questions About Crystal Cove State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Crystal Cove State Park?

The best time to visit Crystal Cove State Park for swimming is June through September. For whale watching, visit between December and April. The park's trails close when it rains, so hikers should visit before late November.

What is the climate of Crystal Cove State Park?

You'll find a Mediterranean climate at Crystal Cove State Park. Summer mornings tend to be foggy, but the weather turns warm, dry, and sunny by afternoon. Late November until late March is the rainy season.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Crystal Cove State Park?

The park's beach wildlife includes sea hares, purple shore crabs, and dolphins. In the backcountry, you'll find deer, roadrunners, red-tailed hawks, bobcats, and even rattlesnakes. Coyotes and California king snakes are also common.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Crystal Cove State Park?

Crystal Cove State Park's Moro Campground has 27 spots designated for RVs. There are 30 more sites that can accommodate soft-sided pop-up trailers, van conversions, and Class B RVs. Restrooms, showers, and picnic tables are available.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Crystal Cove State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations aren't required at Crystal Cove State Park, but spots fill up fast. You can reserve a campsite up to six months in advance. It costs $75 per night for an RV site with hookups.