San Luis Obispo County

Whenever some local volunteer at a magnificent state park tucked away on <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100100000000" title="California" href="/topic/us/california-PLGEO100100100000000.topic">California</a>'s Central Coast waxes on about mountain lions, bobcats and rattlesnakes to a couple of wide-eyed Angelenos, you can be pretty sure of two things.<br>
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First, probably nothing more predatory than a turkey vulture will be encountered over the next 48 hours. Second, what may actually be going on (at least unconsciously) during this warmly grave reception is an attempt at crowd control.<br>
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Welcome to Montaña de Oro State Park. Please don't tell all your friends about us.<br>
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-- Jordan Rane<br>
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<b>Read more:</b> <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2008/nov/09/travel/tr-montana9">Camping at Montaña de Oro State Park in California</a><br>
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<b>Planning your trip:</b><br>
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Montaña de Oro State Park, (805) 528-0513, <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=592">www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=592</a>. Make campsite reservations through <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="BLKLT000099" title="California State Parks" href="/topic/california-state-parks/BLKLT000099.topic">California State Parks</a> Reservation Center, (800) 444-7275, <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov">www.parks.ca.gov</a>.

( Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )

Whenever some local volunteer at a magnificent state park tucked away on California's Central Coast waxes on about mountain lions, bobcats and rattlesnakes to a couple of wide-eyed Angelenos, you can be pretty sure of two things.

First, probably nothing more predatory than a turkey vulture will be encountered over the next 48 hours. Second, what may actually be going on (at least unconsciously) during this warmly grave reception is an attempt at crowd control.

Welcome to Montaña de Oro State Park. Please don't tell all your friends about us.

-- Jordan Rane

Read more: Camping at Montaña de Oro State Park in California

Planning your trip:

Montaña de Oro State Park, (805) 528-0513, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=592. Make campsite reservations through California State Parks Reservation Center, (800) 444-7275, www.parks.ca.gov.

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