California State Park Passes

 

 Couple seated on rocks facing the sunset over the desert at Anza Borrego State Park

Are you a frequent visitor to a favorite state park or love to sample the beauty of the state from north to south? A California State Parks Pass may be for you! Our park passes offer something for everyone and make great gifts throughout the year. We invite you to explore this webpage and find the right pass for you.

Below you will find a list of the available passes.

NEW Pilot Programs

California State Parks Adventure Pass Free 

This new pass provides free entry for fourth graders and their families at 19 select state parks throughout the state.

California State Parks Library Pass Free 

A new pilot collaboration between State Parks and California State Libraries will provide free passes to every public library throughout the state. Library patrons can check these out and use them for free vehicle day-use access to parks across the state. 

Annual Passes

“California Explorer” Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass $195 

Valid for one year, this pass provides vehicle entrance to 134 state parks, including the high demand Southern California beaches along the Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Coasts.

"Golden Poppy" Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass $125 

Valid for one year, this pass provides vehicle entrance to 112 state parks including most reservoirs and many popular destination parks and northern California beaches.

"Historian Passport" Day Use Admission Annual Pass $50 

Valid for one year, this pass allows admission to up to four people to State Historic Parks that generally charge a per-person admission fee. Some of the sites pass holders can tour include a California mission, see where the gold rush happened and experience Native American culture.

OHV Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass $50 

Valid for one year, this pass provides entry to State Vehicular Recreation Areas (i.e. off-highway vehicle designated trails and/or open space areas) where day-use fees are collected for passenger vehicles with a capacity of nine people or less.

SNO-Park Pass $40/$15 

Provides access to 21 SNO-PARK winter recreation areas either for a day or for the season.

"Tahoe Regional" Annual Pass  $75 

Valid for one year, visitors can use this pass to visit Lake Tahoe State Parks such as D.L. Bliss SP, Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point SP, Emerald Bay SP and Kings Beach SRA, and even includes Donner Memorial SP.

California State Parks Boat Use Annual Pass $100

An add-on pass for passholders of other State Parks passes to cover the fee charged for boat use.

Oversized Vehicle Pass $75 

An add-on pass for passholders of other State Parks passes to cover the fee charged for vehicles 25+ feet in length or 9+ feet in width.

Discount Passes

Disabled Discount Pass $3.50 

A lifetime pass for individuals with permanent disabilities, entitling the passholder to a 50% discount on vehicle day-use, family camping, and boat-use fees.

Distinguished Veteran Pass Free 

A lifetime pass for California residents who are distinguished veterans, prisoners of war, or Medal of Honor recipients that entitles the passholder to use of all basic facilities (day-use, camping, and boating) in state parks for free.

California State Parks Golden Bear Pass Free 

This pass is valid for one year and provides free vehicle day-use access to over 200 parks for CalWORKs recipients, SSI recipients, and those whose incomes fall under a certain threshold.

California State Parks Limited Use Golden Bear Pass $20 

Valid, for one year, this pass is for individuals 62 years or older and provides the pass holder and their spouse/domestic partner with free entry to many state parks during non-peak season.

Note for all passes: A lost or damaged pass may be replaced only through reapplication and no refunds can be issued. 

 


For questions or more information, please contact the Park Pass Sales Office via email at passinfo@parks.ca.gov.