Crystal Cove State Park has 3.2 miles of beach, a new 60 site campground, 400 acres of coastal terrace, and 2,400 acres of undeveloped wild land, which is popular for hiking and horseback riding. The offshore waters are designated as an underwater park and the Historic District of the park includes interpretive programs and facilities, a beachfront restaurant and overnight lodging. The park is located off the Pacific Coast Highway between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach. Phone 949-494-3539 for more information.
Crystal Cove State Park Historic District
The Crystal Cove Historic District, a National Register of Historic Places property, is located on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. When driving south on the Pacific Coast Highway from Corona del Mar and points north, the entrance to the Historic District of Crystal Cove State Park is located at the Los Trancos cross street, the first traffic light after Newport Coast Drive. When driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway from Laguna Beach, the entrance to the Historic District is located at the Los Trancos cross street, the first traffic light after Crystal Heights Drive. General public parking for the Historic District is located on the inland side of the highway with two accessible parking spaces on the west side. Additional accessible parking is availalbe in the east lot (Los Trancos Parking Area) where a shuttle equipped with a wheelchair lift transports visitors across the highway and down to the Historic District. A loading zone for passenger drop off is also provided in the Historic District.
Crystal Cove Beach Cottages - Eighteen historic cottages have been rehabilitated for overnight use, and three are accessible, plus one accessible dormitory/hostel style cabin. To reserve the accessible cabins you must have a DMV disabled person license plate or placard, notice of the person to whom the plate or placard is assigned, and photo ID showing the person assigned the plate or placard is in the car or cottage. AT CHECK-IN, VISITORS MUST SHOW ONE OF THE ABOVE PROOFS OF DISABILITY. The disabled visitor must be an occupant of the Cottage for the entire reservation period.
Reservations are accepted on the first day of the month seven months before you plan to visit. You may reserve by phone at 800-444-7275 or online at http://www.reserveamerica.com. More information is available at www.crystalcovebeachcottages.com.
The Moro Campground has six designated accessible campsites that can be reserved only by people with qualifying disabilities, but all of the campsites in this campground are firm surfaced and relatively level with ample room for tents, parking and unloading. Fire rings and post mounted grills are not provided at any sites because wood and charcoal fires are not allowed in this campground. Compressed gas outdoor fireplaces or barbeques are permitted but not provided by the park. Restroom/shower buildings in the campground are accessible. The campfire center, located in the adjacent day use area, is accessible, however due to very steep topography between the campground and day use area most visitors will choose to drive to the campfire center where accessible parking is available.
Moro Canyon Day Use Area. In this newly renovated day use area, all picnic sites include accessible furnishings and firm, level ground surfaces. All but three of the 17 family picnic sites are on accessible routes, and 5 are located very close to paved parking. Two group picnic sites are accessible. Accessible parking spaces and restroom buildings are located throughout the day use area. The Moro Day Use Area has nearly ˝ mile of accessible pathways that meander to the edge of the backcountry and loop back into the developed area.
The Moro Canyon Day Use Area is located on the east side of the Pacific Coast Highway and access to the beach is provided through a tunnel under the highway. During periods of high tide, sand is deposited on the ramp to the beach which may impede passage for people with limited mobility. Beach wheelchairs are be available for loan, please call 949-494-3539 in advance to inquire about availability.
Pelican Point Area. The picnic area at Lot 4 has six picnic tables on a firm surface. Restroom: Two accessible toilet rooms are available. Parking: Two accessible spaces are available. Routes of travel between facilities are generally accessible.
The Bluff Top Multi-Use Trail is an accessible, paved interpretive trail along the coastal bluffs. Entry, accessible parking and restrooms at Pelican Point or Reef Point day use lots.
In most areas of the park the beach is separated from parking and developed facilities by a sheer, steep bluff in excess of 50 feet. Beach access for visitors with mobility disabilities is provided in the Historic District and the Moro Canyon Day Use Area where beach wheelchairs are be available for loan. Please call 949-494-3539 in advance to inquire about availability.
Pelican Point Boardwalk: : A nearly .2 mile long boardwalk leading from Lot 2, near an accessible restroom, wanders through a restored botanical area to an ocean overlook. There are some gaps between boards a bit greater than 0.5 inch, but the view is worth the effort.
The redesigned Moro Visitor Center on the east side of the highway is generally open daily during the summer. The structure is on one level and is generally accessible. Restrooms, parking, and routes of travel are generally accessible.
Definitions & Terms
Meets all or most of the current accessibility standards; most visitors with disabilities will not need assistance.
Meets many current codes and has few barriers, but some visitors with disabilities may need assistance.
Meets some current codes but has some barriers; many visitors with disabilities may require assistance.
Describes facilities that have been set aside and usually signed or “designated” accessible because they met accessibility codes when built. Such facilities may vary from newer suggested guidelines in specified ways, and improvements may be planned or ongoing. Minor variations from guidelines are not usually described. This term is often used for parking spaces that are reserved for visitors with disabilities even though there may be minor issues with slope, signage, or size.