Moon Over Mugu

One of the best ways to appreciate the full moon is to sleep right under it. Bask in…

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One of the best ways to appreciate the full moon is to sleep right under it. Bask in its glow—away from the glare of city lights—with beachside camping at Point Mugu State Park. Nestled between rocky bluffs and just steps away from crashing waves, Thornhill Broome primitive campground offers an opportunity to sleep right on the sand. Reservations are required and fill quickly for the 25 sites. Good bets for tent camping are sites 48 or 49—away from the tides and neighboring RVs. (For more seclusion, check out sites 58, 59, 65, and 66.) All sites offer panoramic views of the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. During the day, explore tide pools along the 5 miles of ocean shoreline or hike among more than 70 miles of sycamore and oak-lined trails. At night, the full moon beams across the beach, looking close enough to touch as campsites offer unobstructed views. Roast some marshmallows on the firepit (bonfires are also allowed on the beach) and kick back watching the natural light bathing the Pacific. Happy camper.

Thornhill Broome is located off Pacific Coast Highway only 15 miles south of Oxnard and just north of Leo Carrillo State Park. Sites offer picnic tables and fire pits. Primitive camping means chemical toilets and cold showers only. Beach sites are limited to eight people, and trailers must be less than 31 feet. Although there is the chance for walk-up access if there is a cancellation, reservations are required through reserveamerica.com. Site assignments are made upon arrival, and tides may affect which ones can be utilized. Sites are $25 per night. Dog-friendly (except on hiking trails).

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