In one week’s time, campers will begin to pitch their tents and park their RVs on 35 acres of prime coastal real estate near Laguna Beach, surrounded by native shrubs and flowers as they drink in the sweeping ocean view — no matter which of the 60 sites they camp in.

State Parks officials will throw open the gates July 1 to the just-completed, $15 million Moro Campground, the first coastal coastal campground to be built in decades and likely one of the last. The campground is built on the site of the old El Morro Village trailer park, once a scene of conflict and confrontation as residents resisted State Parks’ plans,

“There’s no such thing as a bad view,” said Todd Lewis, superintendent at Crystal Cove State Park. “Every site is a view site.”
The campground layout includes upper terraces for recreational vehicles and travel trailers and lower ones for tents, van conversions and soft-sided trailers. The separation will be rigidly enforced, Lewis said.

A third zone is reserved for day use and includes picnic areas and access via wooden bridge to the back country trails of Crystal Cove State Park.

A 1930s-era tunnel beneath Pacific Coast Highway leads to the beach.

The cost of a night’s campout — $65 a night per site for RVs and trailers, $50 for tents and soft-sided vehicles — sounds a bit pricey, though Lewis says it is in line with comparable campgrounds.

The reservation list for the campground, part of the state park, grew to the hundreds almost immediately when they opened Wednesday.

Reservations can be made at the Reserve America web site, or by calling 1-800-444-7275.

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