Annual & Special Pass Descriptions

The Pass Sales Office is located in the State Natural Resources Building in downtown Sacramento:

          1416 9th Street, Room 144
          Sacramento, California 95814

Office Hours: Monday through Friday - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Visitors must present photo identification at security desk upon entrance to the building. Metered street and hourly garage parking available with light rail and bus service nearby.

For additional information and/or directions to new location please contact the Park Pass Sales Office at (800) 777-0369 ext. 2 or (916) 653-8280.  Click here for a location map.

Click here to visit the online California State Parks Store.  For inquiries about online pass order(s), please contact (866) 417-2757.  Please have your order information ready for reference.

Passes are also available for purchase at State Park District Offices (click here for contact information) and most units of the California State Park System (please contact in advance to ensure availability).

 

SURF EXPLORER VEHICLE DAY USE ANNUAL PASS - $195

If you plan to surf the golden beaches of Southern California or visit other beautiful parks along California's coast, inland areas or reservoirs, the Surf Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass at $195 is the pass for you. The Surf Explorer provides access to most California State Parks, State Recreation Areas and State Beaches that collect a vehicle day use fee. The Surf Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is valid for 12 months from the month purchased. The pass is available for purchase now, and valid beginning January 1, 2014. This pass does not provide access to Off Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation Areas (OHV), is not valid for camping, oversize vehicle fees, extra vehicle fees or other supplemental fees, and is valid only in parks operated by California State Parks. For a complete list of parks accepting and not accepting the pass, click here.

To purchase a Surf Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass, please visit us at the California State Parks Store.
Surf Explorer


150th COMMEMORATIVE VEHICLE DAY USE ANNUAL PASS - $150


This year marks the 150th anniversary of California State Parks! The new 150 Year Commemorative Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is a great value for frequent visitors of many of the premiere destination parks such as the majestic forests of Big Basin and Big Sur and awe-inspiring redwoods and beaches of the north coast, recreational opportunities within the inland parks and reservoirs, the tranquil central coast, and the magnificent Sierra mountain ranges.    At $150 the Commemorative Annual Pass will bring you and your family an entire year of California pleasure. The 150th Commemorative Annual Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is valid for 12 months from the month purchased.   The pass is available for purchase now, and valid beginning January 1, 2014. This pass does not provide access to Off Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation Areas (OHV), is not valid at the high demand Southern California Beach Parks is not valid for camping, oversize vehicle fees, extra vehicle fees or other supplemental fees, and is valid only in parks operated by California State Parks. For a complete list of parks accepting and not accepting the pass, click here.

As a special celebration of the 150th Anniversary, purchasers of the 150th Commemorative Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass will also receive a Historian Passport Annual Pass.

To purchase a 150th Commemorative Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass, please visit us at the California State Parks Store.

150 Commemorative


CALIFORNIA PARK EXPERIENCE VEHICLE DAY USE ANNUAL PASS - $75

The California Park Experience Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass provides access to many great state parks from the San Francisco Bay Area to Humboldt Redwoods, inland state parks and more. For play days, adventures or just relaxing with family and friends, at $75 the Park Experience Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is a great deal. The California Park Experience Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is valid for 12 months from the month purchased. The pass is available for purchase now, and valid beginning January 1, 2014. This pass does not provide access to Off Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation Areas (OHV), is valid only at select units and not valid at high demand Southern California beach parks, at California state reservoirs and is not valid for camping, oversize vehicle fees, extra vehicle fees or other supplemental fees, and is valid only in parks operated by California State Parks.   For a complete list of parks accepting and not accepting the pass, click here.

To purchase a California Park Experience Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass, please visit us at the California State Parks Store.
California Experience


HISTORIAN PASSPORT DAY USE ADMISSION ANNUAL PASS - $50

 


The Historian Passport Day Use Admission Annual Pass provides entry for up to four persons unlimited access to many State Historic Parks that charge a per-person admission fee or a Vehicle Day Use Fee. Visit an authentic California Mission, learn about California's Gold Rush and discover the stories unveiled by over a million historic artifacts around the Golden State. This wallet sized pass is available for purchase now, and valid beginning January 1, 2014 and valid 12 months from month of purchase.  The pass is free with the purchase of the 150th Commemorative Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass, or available for purchase separately.  This pass does not provide access to Off Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation Areas (OHV), is valid only at select units and not valid at high demand Southern California beach parks, at California state reservoirs and is not valid for camping, oversize vehicle fees, extra vehicle fees or other supplemental fees, and is valid only in parks operated by California State Parks.  For a complete list of state historic parks accepting and not accepting the pass, click here.

To purchase a California Park Experience Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass, please visit us at the California State Parks Store.

Historian Passport


OVERSIZED VEHICLE PASS Sticker- $75.00


The Oversized Vehicle Pass sticker is placed on the Vehicle Day Use or Golden Poppy Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass hangtag or a separate card for those who already have their passes. Valid for 12 months from date of purchase or through the valid date of the annual pass.  Possession of a valid Oversized Vehicle Pass sticker will waive the oversized vehicle fee as described below

Oversized Vehicle Fees

Effective August 1, oversized vehicles described as 25 feet or over in length or 9 feet or wider in width will be charged an Oversized Vehicle Fee (OVF) equal to and in addition to the park's vehicle day use fee.  A vehicle pulling a trailer will also be considered an oversized vehicle except as noted below.  

Oversized Vehicle Pass Stickers can be purchased to cover the vehicle's traveling size in lieu of paying the separate Oversized Vehicle Fees. However, extra stickers cannot be purchased to cover extending the vehicle beyond the traveling size.  Any additional spaces occupied by the vehicle will be charged an extra vehicle fee for each whole or partial additional space occupied.

Distinguished Veteran or Golden Bear Pass holders will not be assessed the OVF.  Vehicles towing a boat trailer with a valid Boat Use Annual Pass Sticker or having paid a boat use fee will be not be charged the OVF.  Limited Use Golden Bear Pass holders must pay the OVF or display a valid Oversized Vehicle Pass Sticker placard.

To purchase an Oversized Vehicle Pass, please visit us at the California State Parks Store.  Passes are also available for purchase at many units of the California State Park System (please contact in advance to ensure availability) or the Park Pass Sales Office located at 1416 9th Street, Room 144, Sacramento. Click here for a location map.

Note:  Not all parks can accommodate oversized vehicles and possession of the Oversized Vehicle Pass sticker does not guarantee an oversized vehicle can be physically accommodated at all parks. Please contact individual locations in advance to confirm availability.

The Oversized Vehicle Pass will not be required at Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Areas designated as OHV units.

Lost or stolen passes cannot be replaced and no refunds can be issued.

Oversized vehicle pass


BOAT USE ANNUAL PASS - $100.00

The Boat Use Annual Pass is a small sticker that is placed on the Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass hangtag or the Golden Poppy Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass hangtag or a separate card for those who already have their passes and for Golden Bear Pass users. 
Each vessel, sailboat or personal watercraft (PWC) is considered a separate vessel with a boat use fee assessed for each upon entry to the park.  This pass waives boat use fees for motorized vessels and for sailboats over 8'.  Valid for 12 months from month of purchase.  If the craft is a sailboat that is under the length limit and is not motorized, no boat use fee is assessed; therefore, no Boat Use Annual Pass is needed.

To purchase an Boat Use Annual Pass, please visit us at the California State Parks Store

Passes are also available for purchase at many units of the California State Park System (please contact in advance to ensure availability) or the Park Pass Sales Office located at 1416 9th Street, Room 144, Sacramento. Click here for a location map.

Note: The Boat Use Annual Pass is not valid at Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreational areas designated as OHV units. The pass is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires.  It is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as musems), camping,  group use or sites, special events, oversize vehicle fees, extra vehicle fees or supplemental fees such as swimming pools and sanitation dump use. Admittance and use subject to available space.  Lost or stolen passes cannot be replaced and no refunds can be issued.

Annual Boat


OHV VEHICLE DAY USE ANNUAL PASS - $50.00

This pass is valid for passenger vehicles with a capacity of nine persons or less at all State operated Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) areas designated as Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) units where vehicle day use fees are collected.  Valid for 12 months from month of purchase.  The pass must be displayed on the rearview mirror or dashboard as applicable.

The following link is a list of the OHV parks that accept the OHV Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass:
   OHV Parks 

To purchase an OHV Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass, please visit us at the California State Parks Store.  Passes are also available for purchase at most OHV units of the California State Park System (please contact in advance to ensure availability).

Note: The OHV Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass will only be honored at OHMVR areas designated as OHV units and not accepted at other units operated by California State Parks.  Lost or stolen passes cannot be replaced and no refunds can be issued.
OHV


SNO-PARK SEASON/DAY PERMITS - $25.00 Season / $5.00 Per Day

The California Department of Parks and Recreation operates 21 SNO-PARK sites that provide snow-cleared parking lots with sanitation facilities and access to snow play areas, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. 

A SNO-PARK permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site from November 1 through May 30 of each year. Permits are sold as Day Permits or Seasonal Permits by permit vendors throughout northern California. Day permits are sold for $5.00 and are valid for one single day. Season permits are sold for $25.00 and are valid for the entire SNO-PARK season from November 1 through May 30. 

To find out more about the SNO-PARK program or to locate a permit vendor in your local area please go to the California State Parks OHV Division website.
Sno-Park



DISABLED DISCOUNT PASS - $3.50 (Lifetime Pass)

For persons with permanent disabilities, this pass entitles the bearer to a 50% discount for vehicle day use, family camping, and boat use fees at California State Park operated units (except Hearst San Simeon SHM).  

The pass is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires. It is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as museums), group use or sites, special events, commercial use, or for supplemental fees and cannot be used in conjunction with any other pass and/or discount. Admittance and use subject to available space.

Download the Disabled Discount Pass Application and Eligibility Requirements (PDF format)

Download the Disabled Discount Pass Application and Eligibility Requirements (Excel format)

Application may be made in person through most district offices (please contact in advance to ensure availability) or at the Park Pass Sales Office located at 1416 9th Street, Room 144, Sacramento, California. Click here for a location map.

Or, send completed application with required documentation including copy of Photo ID and $3.50 check/money order payable to CA Dept of Parks and Recreation to:

California State Parks
Attn: Disabled Discount Pass Program
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, Ca 94296-0001

Please allow 8-10 weeks for processing. Once pass is received, you may use passcard for reservations and applicable benefits. The pass holder is required to present the Disabled Discount Pass and a valid California Driver License or other suitable photo identification, along with any campsite reservation, and to pay any supplemental fees at the park.
Disabled Discount


DISTINGUISHED VETERAN PASS - No Fee (Lifetime Pass)

Honorably discharged war veterans who are residents of California with an overall / combined rating at 50% or greater service-connected disability, or were held as prisoners of war by forces hostile to the United States, or recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor are eligible to receive the Distinguished Veteran Pass (formerly Disabled War Veteran/Prisoner of War Pass).

Entitles the holder to the use of all basic facilities (including day use and camping) in California State Park operated units at no charge. The pass is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires.  It is not valid for group use or sites, special events, commercial use, or for supplemental fees and cannot be used in conjunction with any other pass and/or discount. Admittance and use subject to available space.  For complete Distinguished Veteran Pass Program Terms and Conditions, please see Page 2 of application.

Download the Distinguished Veteran Pass Application (PDF format)

Download the Distinguished Veteran Pass Application (Excel format)

Application may be made in person at the Park Pass Sales Office located at 1416 9th Street, Room 144, Sacramento, California.  Click here for a location map

Or, send completed application with required documentation including copy of Photo ID to:

California State Parks
Attn:  Distinguished Veteran Pass Program
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, Ca 94296-0001

Please allow 8-10 weeks for processing. Once pass is received, you may use passcard for reservations and applicable benefits. The pass holder is required to present the Distinguished Veteran Pass and a valid California Driver License or other suitable photo identification, along with any campsite reservation or tour ticket, and to pay any supplemental fees at the park.
Distinguished Veteran


GOLDEN BEAR PASS - $5.00 Calendar Year (January - December)

Under the law, any qualifying person receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) [CA State Welfare and Institutions Code Section 12200]; any person receiving aid under the applicable aid codes in the CalWORKS Program; or any person 62 years of age or older with income limitations specified on the application form is eligible to receive the Golden Bear Pass.

The pass must be renewed each calendar year.  Entitles the bearer and spouse or registered domestic partner entry to most California State Park operated units where vehicle day use fees are collected at no charge.  The pass is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires. It is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as museums), boat use, camping, group use or sites, special events, commercial use, or for supplemental fees and cannot be used in conjunction with any other pass and/or discount. Admittance and use subject to available space.  For complete Golden Bear Pass Program Terms and Conditions, please see Page 2 of application.

Download the 2014 Golden Bear Pass Application (PDF format)

Download the 2014 Golden Bear Pass Application (Excel format)

Application may be made in person at many units of the California State Park System (please contact in advance to ensure availability) or the Park Pass Sales Office located at 1416 9th Street, Room 144, Sacramento.  Click here for a location map

Or, send completed application with required documentation including copy of Photo ID and $5.00 check/money order payable to CA Dept. of Parks and Recreation to:

California State Parks
Attn:  Golden Bear Pass Program
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA  94296-0001

Please allow 8-10 weeks for processing. Once pass is received, you may use passcard for applicable benefits. The pass holder is required to present the Golden Bear Pass and a valid California Driver License or other suitable photo identification and to pay any supplemental fees at the park.
Golden Bear


LIMITED USE GOLDEN BEAR PASS - $20.00 Calendar Year (Jan-Dec) / Non-Peak Season

Persons 62 years of age or older are eligible to receive the Limited Use Golden Bear Pass.  The pass entitles the holder and spouse or registered domestic partner entry to most California State Park operated units during non-peak season where vehicle day use fees are collected at no charge.

The pass must be renewed each calendar year.  It is not valid for use during the peak season from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day at most state parks, and the Friday before Labor Day through Memorial Day at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Picacho State Recreation Area and Salton Sea State Recreation Area.  The pass is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires. It is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as museums), boat use, camping, oversize vehicle fees, group use or sites, special events, commercial use, or for supplemental fees and cannot be used in conjunction with any other pass and/or discount.  Admittance and use subject to available space.  For complete Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Terms and Conditions, please see Page 2 of application.

Download the 2014 Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Application (PDF format)

Download the 2014 Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Application (Excel format)

Application may be made in person at many units of the California State Park System (please contact in advance to ensure availability) or the Park Pass Sales Office located at 1416 9th Street, Room 144, Sacramento. Click here for a location map.

Or, send completed application including copy of Photo ID and $20.00 check/money order payable to CA Dept. of Parks and Recreation to:

California State Parks
Attn:  Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Program
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA  94296-0001

Please allow 8-10 weeks for processing.  Once pass is received, you may use passcard for applicable benefits. The pass holder is required to present the Limited Use Golden Bear Pass and a valid California Driver License or other suitable photo identification and to pay any supplemental fees at the park.
Limited Use Golden Bear


GOLDEN POPPY VEHICLE DAY USE ANNUAL PASS - Discontinued (valid passes still accepted until expiration)

The Golden Poppy Pass provides vehicle day use admission to many California State Park operated units including all reservoirs at a $70 discount over the Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass.  The Golden Poppy Pass will be good for 12 months from the month purchased.

The Golden Poppy Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is valid for motorcycles or passenger vehicles with a capacity of nine persons or less and is valid at many California State Park operated units where vehicle day use fees are collected. The pass must be displayed on the rearview mirror or vehicle dashboard as applicable. Valid for 12 months from month of purchase. See the list of parks accepting the Golden Poppy Pass.  

Note: The Golden Poppy Pass will not be honored at high-demand or locally operated parks or at Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreational areas designated as OHV units. The pass is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires. It is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as musems), camping, boat use, group use or sites, special events, commercial use, oversize vehicle fees, extra vehicle fees or supplemental fees such as swimming pools and sanitation dump use.  Admittance and use subject to available space.  Lost or stolen passes cannot be replaced and no refunds can be issued.
Golden Poppy


VEHICLE DAY USE ANNUAL PASS - Discontinued (valid passes still accepted until expiration)

The Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is valid for motorcycles or passenger vehicles with a capacity of nine persons or less and is valid at most California State Park operated units where vehicle day use fees are collected. The pass must be displayed on the rearview mirror or dashboard as applicable.  Valid for 12 months from month of purchase.  See the list of parks accepting the Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass. 

Note: The Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass will not be honored at OHV units. Only OHV Vehicle Day Use Annual Passes are valid at OHV units.  The pass is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires. It is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as musems), camping, boat use, group use or sites, special events, oversize vehicle fees, extra vehicle fees or supplemental fees such as swimming pools and sanitation dump use. Admittance and use subject to available space.  Other pass exceptions are listed here.  Lost or stolen passes cannot be replaced and no refunds can be issued.
Vehicle Day Use



FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please call (800) 777-0369 ext. 3 or (916) 653-8280 for Disabled Discount, Distinguished Veteran, Golden Bear and Limited Use Golden Bear Pass applications.