Cuesta Park

Located on the east side of San Luis Obispo, the land on which Cuesta Park sits was presented to the County of San Luis Obispo on May 30, 1950 by William and Edith Rice Nuss in memory of her mother, Florence Coiner Rice.  Today, Cuesta Park is a favorite among locals and tourists alike.  You’ll find a large grass area with plenty of room for playing frisbee, picnicking or relaxing in the sun.  There is a sand pit volleyball court as well as a playground, horseshoe pits and 3 reservable group barbeque areas.

As you enter the park, you will follow a path that leads to a beautiful footbridge spanning San Luis Creek.  In 1998 this bridge was donated by the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo with the help of six Cal Poly Architectural Engineering students who completed the design, construction and installation.  From the bridge, you enter the group day-use area where plenty of company picnics, weddings, and special events have occurred.


Cuesta Park
2400 Loomis Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Group AreaCapacityFeeNotes
Arroyo Details65Based on CapacityLocated next to the children's playground. Perfect for small gatherings and birthday parties.
Raccoon Details75Based on CapacitySemi-private area for small to mid-size groups. Close to creek.
Toyon Details150Based on CapacityPopular area with 2 large barbecue pits. Plenty of seating for company picnics and large special events.

Reservations / Special Event Permits

A $9 reservation / transaction fee will be applied to each reservation or transaction made and consider the following when making your reservation:

  • You may make reservations one year in advance
  • Payment is due within 14 days of making your reservation unless otherwise specified
  • Have backup dates in mind
  • Most facilities are available from 8 a.m. to sunset
  • Know the approximate number of people attending
  • Amplified sound requires a special use permit & fee
  • Groups exceeding site capacity may require a special use permit & additional fee
  • Inflatable play structures require a special use permit & fee
  • Cleaning/damage deposit may be required
  • Vehicle entrance fees may apply at some regional parks