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Rocky bluffs, rugged terrain, unspoiled beaches, and jagged peaks — visit Point Mugu State Park and you'll come across dramatic scenery practically everywhere you look.
Located around 20 miles southwest of Thousand Oaks, California, this big and beautiful Southern California park is nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers something for everyone. There are sandy beaches and spectacular shorelines to comb, rugged mountains to climb, vibrant wildflowers in bloom, and the blue waters of the Pacific for swimming, surfing, and fishing.
And with two RV-friendly campgrounds to choose from, Point Mugu State Park is easy to explore in a rental RV or camper. Keep reading to find out how you can experience the very best this wonderful park has to offer.
Tucked away amid the Santa Monica Mountains, Point Mugu State Park offers an abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation. For most people, however, a visit to this beautiful park typically starts down on the beach.
With five miles of shoreline on offer, the coastal scenery here is quite spectacular. There are imposing rocky bluffs and sand dunes backing stretches of pristine beach, and anyone who loves being near the sea will instantly feel right at home taking a stroll along the sand.
If the weather (and the water) is warm enough, you can strip down to your swimwear and enjoy a cooling dip. Other Point Mugu campers prefer to simply stake out a spot on the sand to read a book, catch some sun, and simply watch the waves roll in. Keen anglers can enjoy surf fishing straight from the beach.
Once you've spent some time enjoying the sand between your toes, you might want to slip into some hiking boots and go exploring. Some 70 miles of trails wind their way throughout Point Mugu State Park, and there are routes available to suit a wide variety of fitness levels.
The Scenic and Overlook Trails Loop runs just under three miles and is a popular, easy route that's reasonably close to the Sycamore Canyon Campground. It offers some lovely ocean views that will have you stopping to snap plenty of photos.
Mugu Peak Trail is a little over five miles and offers more of a physical challenge for hikers. Located in the southern section of the park, it's quite steep in a few places and offers impressive views of the surrounding mountains and coastline.
Some trails also lead you into the Boney Mountains Wilderness Area, which is located in the eastern portion of the park. The views of Boney Mountain are particularly spectacular, and if you time your visit right during the spring, there's every chance you'll come across vibrant and colorful wildflowers while you're out exploring the trails.
If you want to camp with an RV in Point Mugu State Park, you can book an RV in Ventura County and then choose from two campgrounds:
With so much beautiful terrain and coastline to explore, you'll probably want to spend several days soaking up the best of Point Mugu State Park. But when you're all done RV camping at Point Mugu State Park and you're ready to hit the highway again, you'll find plenty of other wonderful attractions and destinations within easy reach.
Head east and you'll soon find yourself in Leo Carrillo State Park, where you'll find more great hiking and coastal scenery on offer. If you'd rather head northwest to Oxnard, you might like to enjoy a relaxing yacht cruise on Channel Islands Harbor. Or if you've got a longer road trip in mind, take your rental RV further along the coast up to Santa Barbara, where you can enjoy excellent shopping and dining on historic Stearns Wharf.
The Southern California coastline is the ideal place for RV touring, so make sure you take time to experience the best the region has to offer.