Monterey District

WELCOME TO MONTEREY DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS

Welcome to the California State Parks - Monterey District website!     Bird Island Point Lobos
We hope to provide information on this site to welcome and prepare our visitors to the beautiful Monterey District State Parks!


For your safety, appointments for State Parks Pass purchases, or other business, are recommended. Please call (831) 649-2836. If you reach our voicemail, please leave a message and we will return your call. Thank you for your patience!

HOW TO REACH US: 

Monterey District Front Office Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Saturday Parks Pass Sales via advance appointment ONLY: 8:00 -12:00 noon. Call: (831) 649-2836 for appointment.

Please note: our office is closed from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. daily.
We are also closed on all recognized California State holidays.
NO Public Restrooms Available.

TELEPHONE: (831) 649-2836
FAX:   (831) 647-6239
MAILING ADDRESS:  2211 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940

Brent Marshall - Monterey District Superintendent: (831) 649-2836
Maria Avelino - Monterey District Administrative Officer III: (831) 649-2826

BIG SUR AREA - WHAT'S OPEN SUMMER 2021

PLEASE CHECK individual park unit webpages for the most current updates regarding access, camping, weather-related closures, etc. Camping Information is located on the Right Side of this Page.

Andrew Molera State Park: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=582

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=578

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=570

Point Sur State Historic Park: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=565

Big Sur Station/Multi-Agency Facility: Telephone: (831) 667-2315; Fax: (831) 667-2886

MONTEREY DISTRICT STATE PARKS

Please visit the individual webpage for the State Park you are interested in learning about:

ANDREW MOLERA SP
ASILOMAR SB AND CONFERENCE GROUNDS
ASILOMAR DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
CARMEL RIVER SB
CARMEL RIVER LAGOON & WETLANDS NATURAL PRESERVE
GARRAPATA SP
HATTON CANYON
JOHN LITTLE SR
FORT ORD DUNES SP
JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS SP
MARINA DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
MARINA SB
MONTEREY SB
MONTEREY SHP
MOSS LANDING SB
OHLONE COASTAL CULTURAL PRESERVE
PAJARO RIVER MOUTH NATURAL PRESERVE
PFEIFFER BIG SUR SP
POINT LOBOS SR
POINT LOBOS RANCH
POINT SUR SHP
POINT SUR DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
SALINAS RIVER DUNES NATURAL PRESERVE
SALINAS RIVER MOUTH NATURAL PRESERVE
SALINAS RIVER SB
ZMUDOWSKI SB

California State Parks Pass Sales

Please note: for your safety, appointments are recommended for State Parks Pass purchases. To schedule an appointment please call: (831) 649-2836 The pass price list is above.

The California State Parks Monterey District Front Office has resumed CA State Parks Pass sales and renewals   Parks Pass Sales
at our customer service window located adjacent to the District Office front entrance.
We are selling the California Explorer, Golden Poppy, Golden Bear, Limited Use Golden Bear, and Disabled Discount passes
Monday through Friday, between the hours of  8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Saturdays via appointments ONLY between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Call (831)649-2836 to schedule an appointment.

NOTE: Office is closed for staff lunch between 12:00 noon and 12:45 p.m. daily 

At this time the Monterey District Office is accepting payment for pass sales and renewals by credit card only.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Monterey District Front Office at (831) 649-2836,
or send us an email request at Monterey.AdminStaff@parks.ca.gov 

 

California State Parks Pass Price List

Please Note:
Appointments are recommended for State Parks Pass sales . To schedule an appointment please call: (831)649-2836

Full Price Annual Passes

California Explorer    $195.00

Golden Poppy Pass    $125.00

Discount Annual Passes

Golden Bear                      $5.00

Limited Use Golden Bear    $20.00

Disabled Discount Pass       $3.50

Be "In The Know": Alcohol, Bonfires and Pets at Monterey State Beaches

NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 PROPER SOCIAL DISTANCING AT BEACHES IS REQUESTED. 

IS ALCOHOL ALLOWED AT STATE BEACHES?
Alcohol consumption is not allowed at Monterey District State Beaches. Please check with local municipalities regarding alcohol consumption at other Monterey Peninsula beaches.

ARE BONFIRES ALLOWED AT STATE BEACHES? 
Bonfires are NOT allowed on State Beaches due to environmental and safety concerns. Portable camp stoves, such as Hibachi or Weber, are permitted for food preparation and consumption on site. Persons using approved devices for cooking must remove all unexpected fuel (coals, briquettes, etc.) from the beach. Dumping hot coals and ash, and burying in the sand not only harms the environment, but can potentially harm other beach goers.

YOUR HELP is needed to keep our beautiful beaches CLEAN and SAFE by packing out trash. Trash receptacles are located at beach entries for your convenience.

CAN I BRING PETS TO STATE BEACHES?
Dogs are allowed ON leash at Asilomar State Beach, Carmel River State Beach, and on paved trails at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.

Please consider families with infants and young children who frequent the beach when walking dogs. You are required to keep your dog under control and we ask that you pick up after your pet.

THANK YOU for keeping out beautiful beaches CLEAN and SAFE for ALL!! To learn more about CA State Parks' policy regarding dogs at State Parks visit or Dog at Parks page.

NOTE: Dogs are NOT allowed on the beaches at Zmudowski, Moss Landing, Salinas River, Marina, Fort Ord Dunes, Seaside, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and Garrapata park units. Many of these beaches are home to nesting sites for the Western Snowy Plover. Point Lobos is a State Reserve with highly protected habitat areas that do not allow for visitation with pets.

Marine Protected Area Coloring Book - Area Marina Protegida - Libro Para Colorear

Embark on a journey of discovery about Marine protection in a fun and easy way!!

The Marine Protected Areas Coloring Book - Area Marina Protegida - Libro Para Colorear - helps students of all ages learn about the rich diversity of plant and animal life found in California's Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The book includes three new 3D augmented reality coloring pages that will allow students to interact with their colorings using a smartphone or tablet while learning about marine life and California's marine protected areas.
MPA Coloring Book

Download the new marine protected area (MPA) coloring book along with the California Coastal Explorer Guide at: 

https://www.mpacollaborative.org/kids/