Chorro, California

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Chorro, California
Unincorporated community
Nickname(s): El Chorro Regional Park
Chorro, California is located in California
Chorro, California
Chorro, California
Coordinates: 35°19′36″N 120°40′40″W / 35.32667°N 120.67778°W / 35.32667; -120.67778Coordinates: 35°19′36″N 120°40′40″W / 35.32667°N 120.67778°W / 35.32667; -120.67778
Country United States
State California
County San Luis Obispo
Elevation 666 ft (203 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 805
GNIS feature ID 1660479[1]

Chorro is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. Chorro is located along a railroad line, and California State Route 1, just north of San Luis Obispo. It is the location of El Chorro Regional Park.

Chorro is a populated place located at latitude 35.327 and longitude -120.678.[2] The elevation of Chorro is 666 feet (203 m).

El Chorro Regional Park[edit]

Chorro is known for the adjacent and popular El Chorro Regional Park, an SLO county regional park.[3]

History[edit]

Chorro (historically El Chorro) is derived from a Spanish phrase meaning "the gushing water".[4]

What was once area extensively used by local ranchers, majorly for dairy production and cattle grazing, the land was acquired by the Federal Government in the 1940s to establish Camp San Luis Obispo and is still owned by them to this day. The camp was used for training purposes by the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. In 1972 the land was deeded to the County, during President Nixon’s “Legacy of Parks” program, to be managed as a natural park and recreational area for the citizens and visitors of San Luis Obispo County.[5]

Features[edit]

El Chorro Regional Park Campground features 63 campsites (43 sites are full hook-up with electricity, sewer and water. 18 sites are primitive with water nearby). Each site at the campground can accommodate approximately 6-8 people and either a couple of tents or a full-sized R.V. The maximum trailer length at some of the sites is 40 feet and there are a couple of pull-through sites.[5]

The Regional Park has many different activities available such as rock climbing, golf courses, hiking, biking, picnic sites, playground, softball, volleyball, and bird watching[6][5]

The El Chorro Botanic Garden is growing in the eastern park area. There is a long range master plan for a 150 acre botanical garden, representing the flora of the five Mediterranean Climate ecoregions around the world. The current 3 acre garden has several areas displaying California native plants, with many suitable for growing in local water conserving and wildlife gardens.

Earth Day[edit]

Chorro and El Chorro Regional Park is also known for its contributions to the County of San Louis Obispo for Earth Day, where many residents stay and spend the night in the park and throughout the town.[7]

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