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Attention

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.

Cancellation Policy

Attention:

If you cancel your reservation after 5 p.m. the day before your arrival date, the campsite fee for one night is forfeited. Special cancellation policies include:

  • Big Basin, Clear Lake, Samuel P. Taylor and McArthur-Burney cabin reservation holders will forfeit the first night fees when cancelling six (6) or fewer days prior to arrival.
  • For cabin and other alternative camping, please check the park specific cancellation policies on www.ReserveCalifornia.com. Cancellation policies vary from park to park.

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, 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 Camping

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 Camping

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.

Environmental Camping

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. 

Accessible Campsites

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.

Alternative Camping

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
http://www.visitasilomar.com/?_ga=1.64826735.1542228934.1422639456

Marconi Conference Center
(415) 663-9020

Mendocino Woodlands (Group Camps)
http://mendocinowoodlands.org/choosing-your-camp/

Pfeiffer Big Sur Lodge
http://www.bigsurlodge.com/

Pigeon Point Light Station Hostel
http://www.norcalhostels.org/pigeon

Point Cabrillo Light Station
http://pointcabrillo.org/rentals/

Links to the following alternative camping sites are coming soon. Beginning August 1, 2017, California State Parks is moving 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