Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations 4331 states that campsites cannot be sold or resold in any unit, except as permitted by California State Parks and includes sales activities which encroach on the sales rights of a vendor authorized to sell such products, or services pursuant to a concession contract with the department.
Checking In & Out
You may check in to your campsite any time after 2 p.m. on your reservation start date.
When you arrive, present your reservation voucher or confirmation number and a form of photo identification.
If you arranged for a discount when you made your reservation, proof of eligibility must be shown at this time.
Campsite assignments are made upon your arrival unless your reservation is in a site specific park. If you reserve two sites in a non-site specific park, park staff will try to assign adjacent campsites, subject to availability.
Dogs must be kept on leashes no longer than 6' and in a tent or enclosed vehicle at night. Except for service animals, pets are not allowed in park buildings, on trails, or on most beaches.
Check out by noon on your departure date.
Please leave the campsite in good condition. The camper who follows you will appreciate it.
If you cancel your reservation after 5 p.m. the day before your arrival date, the campsite fee for one night is forfeited. Cancellation policies vary from park to park.
Special cancellation policies include:
- Big Basin Tent Cabins, Clear Lake Cabins, Columbia Hotels and Cottages, McArthur-Burney Cabins, and Samuel P. Taylor Cabin reservation holders will forfeit the first night fees when cancelling six (6) or fewer days prior to arrival.
- San Clemente (The HOLIDAYS VINTAGE TRAILERS) and Bothe-Napa Valley reservation holders need to check the park website for cancellation rules; they are NOT the same as general camping cancellations.
- For cabin and other alternative camping, please check the park specific cancellation policies on www.ReserveCalifornia.com under Alerts and Important Information, Site Alerts, and confirmation letter.
The $7.99 reservation fee is non-refundable.
If you cancel a reservation, a cancellation fee of $7.99 will be assessed per reservation. Cancellations can be made online or by calling our Customer Call Center at (800) 444-PARK (7275).This service is available 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST (except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).
If you need to change your arrival/departure date and/or site, you must call our Customer Call Center by 5 p.m. PST the day before your arrival date. A change fee of $7.99 will be assessed per reserved campsite.
A campsite will be held for you until 12 p.m. the day after your arrival date. If you have not called the park before that time, you will be considered a "no show" and the park will cancel your reservation. You will be refunded the amount paid for the campsite, less the non-refundable $7.99 reservation fee, the $7.99 cancellation fee, and one night use fee. If you miss your first day but plan to arrive later, you must call the park each day to hold the remainder of your reservation.
If you must leave the park one or more days early, a cancellation fee of $7.99 and reservation fee of $7.99 will be assessed per reservation; you must check out before 12 p.m. Retain your camping confirmation letter until you have received your refund or your charge card has been credited. Allow at least 30 days to receive your refund.
If California State Parks closes a campground due to an emergency or disaster, ReserveCalifornia™ will make every effort to notify you. In these cases, all fees will be refunded as soon as possible.
In cases of inclement weather, when the campground remains open, but you choose to leave, refunds will be issued based on the early out policy.
Family campsites accommodate up to eight (8) people. They are developed campsites with amenities that vary from park to park, and may include fire pits or fire rings, picnic tables, showers, a water supply, and a cleared area for your tent.
Each campground has a limit on the consecutive number of nights a camper may stay. Once this consecutive night limit has been reached, the campground must be vacated, and no one in the party may return to camp in the same park for 48 hours.
A parent or guardian must accompany youths under 18 years of age. The Supervising Ranger may approve the stay of a youth that presents written consent from the parent or guardian that states the dates of the authorized stay and the park name.
Fees include entry for one (1) vehicle and one (1) legally towed vehicle or trailer.
A maximum of two (2) licensed vehicles/autos, travel, boat, and utility trailers-may be parked at most campsites.
Campers may stay in the same park up to 30 nights in a calendar year.
Group campsites accommodate groups as small as nine (9) or as large as 100, depending on the park. At some campgrounds, group sites can be combined for larger groups. Your reservation agent can help you with names and locations of these campgrounds.
Youth groups (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by at least one (1) adult for every 15 youths.
Stays are limited to seven (7) nights.
RV Dump Stations
California State Parks wants to thank our park visitors for helping us keep our parks and environment clean. The RV dumping stations installed within our state parks help us protect the environment and are added amenities for our visitors.
The department is adding new self-pay RV dump stations in ten state parks where the service has traditionally been free as part of a pilot program aimed at recovering costs for waste treatment services. This new service will be available for campers, day-use or transient visitors for $10-$20 per use, depending on the location. Please note that visitors with current reservations arriving on or after March 1, 2018 and interested in using the RV dump stations will be expected to pay the use fee. The price per campsite for these state parks does not include the use of a dump station.
The success of the program will determine the implementation of additional self-pay RV dump stations throughout California’s state parks.
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Number of Stations
State Historic Park
Environmental campsites are located in relatively undisturbed natural settings. Each site has a table, a clearing for your tent, and a primitive toilet nearby. Environmental campsite fees and hike-in distances vary between parks.
Plan ahead to arrive at your campsite before dark.
No pets are allowed, except service animals.
Stays are limited to seven (7) nights.
Visitors reserving accessible campsites are required to possess a valid Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Disabled Placard or Disabled License Plate and corresponding Identification Card issued by DMV. Disabled veterans possessing a valid Disabled Veteran's License Plate and corresponding identification card also meet the requirement.
If you require an accessible campsite, you must specify this at the time of the reservation.
California State Parks also has alternative camping, such as rustic cabins, cottages, lodging, tent cabins, floating campsites, and yurts. Please check the following parks and their websites for more information.
Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds
Marconi Conference Center
Mendocino Woodlands (Group Camps)
Pfeiffer Big Sur Lodge
Pigeon Point Light Station Hostel
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Links to the following alternative camping sites are coming soon. California State Parks moved to a new reservation system to make it easier for you to reserve camping and lodging sites. For more information, such as FAQs, please visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com.
- Anza-Borrego Cabins
- Big Basin Tent Cabins
- Bothe-Napa Valley State Park (10 yurts; 3 cabins)
- Brannan Island State Recreation Area
- Calaveras Big Trees Cabins
- Clear Lake Cabins
- Columbia Hotel and Cottages
- Crystal Cove Beach Cottages
- Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
- Hendy Woods State Park
- Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
- Lake Oroville State Recreation Area Floating Campsites
- Little Basin State Park
- Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
- McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Cabins
- Mount Tamalpais State Park
- Patrick’s Point State Park
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
- Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (Elk Prairie Campground)
- Richardson Grove State Park
- Samuel P. Taylor Cabins
- San Clemente State Beach/ Holidays Vintage Trailers
Horse/Equestrian Overnight Camping
California State Parks provides overnight horse sites or group horse sites. Please check the following parks for more information. Reservations can be made at www.ReserveCalifornia.com.
- Anza-Borrego Desert SP (10 horse sites)
- Cuyamaca Rancho SP (Group Horse and 14 Horse Sites)
- Humboldt Redwoods SP (2 Group Horse and 4 Horse Sites)
- Lake Oroville SRA (15 Horse Sites)
- Lake Perris SRA (7 Horses Sites)
- Montana de Oro SP (2 Group Horse and 3 Horse Sites)
- Mount Tamalpais SP (Group Horse)
- Samuel P. Taylor SP (Group Horse)