California State Parks Safety Tips

Backpacking

Backpacking

Biking

Biking

Boating

Boating

Camping

Camping

Hiking

Hiking

Equestrian

Horseback Trail

OHV

OHV

Summer

Sun

Swimming

Swimming


BEFORE LEAVING

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preparation and planning BEFORE visiting a state park unit is critical. Before leaving home, plan ahead.  

Although State Parks has increased access to some park units, it does not mean recreating in the outdoors is going back to normal, and visitors should be advised that it will be a different state park experience than they are used to. Be sure to visit the webpage of your local outdoor destination to find out if it is open, if parking is available, if camping reservations can be booked and what new visitor guidelines are in effect. 

Please continue to stay local and to practice physical distancing of 6 feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household—this means no guests or friends, and no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance. 

According to California Department of Public Health guidelines regarding face coverings, people in California must wear face coverings when they are outdoors in public spaces if it is not feasible to maintain physical distancing.

Be prepared. Not all restrooms are open to the public. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.

Follow State Parks on social media – Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – or visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve for the most up-to-date information on how the department is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Observe posted speed limits.
  • Stay in your lane on blind curves and do not cut corners.
  • Do not pass on double-yellow lines and pass only when you have a clear view of oncoming traffic and it is safe to do so.
  • Be prepared for equestrians, pedestrians, joggers, wildlife, rocks, tree limbs, etc., in the roadway. Share the road.