Monterey District

Carmel Area State Parks - Storm Related Closures and ADA Trail Work Updates

Updates for Carmel Area State Parks

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve:  OPEN.

South Shore Trail Storm Damage

  • Portions of the South Shore Trail are closed due to damage and debris from high surf and flooding.

  • Gibson Beach is closed due to damage and debris from high surf and flooding.

  • Gibson Trail is closed due to the bottom section of the staircase having been destroyed by high surf.

  • State Parks Crews are working to repair the damaged sections and will re-open the trail when it is safe for visitors to access.

    From January 24th ro March 13th, Monterey District Trail Crew will be working with American Conservation Experience (ACE) to repair segments of the Carmelo Cove/Granite Point Trail. From Whalers Cabin to Carmello Cove junction crews will be onsite working to bring the trail back up to Accessibility standards, work will involve decompaction of tread surface and raising the pedestrian bridge.  The trail will remain closed for the duration of the project due to construction.   Storage of the construction materials will require the Whalers Cove Road and Parking Lot to be temporarily closed beginning Friday, January 25th. The area can still be accessed by visitors on foot.

    NOAA  Ocean Safety Message

Garrapata State Park Coastal Trail Improvement Project and Coastal Trail Closures Begin October 4, 2023

Garrapata Coastal Trail
  California State Parks - Monterey District is embarking on a large trail
  improvement project for Garrapata State Park on
 October 4th, 2023.

  The Garrapata Coastal Trail will be closed at the north end between
  Gates 1 and 3 through 2024.



Welcome to the California State Parks - Monterey District website! 
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!

Lobos Bull Kelp


Monterey District Front Office Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Please note: our office is 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


PLEASE CHECK individual park unit webpages for Monterey District Parks in the below list for the most current OPEN/CLOSE updates at the top of each park unit page. 

Travelers to the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur are encouraged to visit the CalTrans website to get updates on current road conditions for the region: 

Thank you for your patience as we prioritize public safety!


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

Andrew Molera SP (

Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds
Includes Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve

Carmel River SB
Includes Ohlone Cultural Preserve
Includes Carmel River Lagoon & Wetlands Natural Preserve

Fort Ord Dunes SP (

Garrapata SP (

Ishxenta SP (

Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP (

Limekiln SP (
Includes Marina Dunes Natural Preserve

Monterey SHP (

Moss Landing SB (

Pfeiffer Big Sur SP (

Point Lobos SNR (

Point Sur SHP (
Includes Point Sur Dunes Natural Preserve

Salinas River SB (
Includes Salinas River Dunes Natural Preserve
Includes Salinas River Mouth Natural Preserve

Zmudowski SB (
Includes Pajaro River Mouth Natural Preserve

2024 California State Parks Pass Sales

20234Passes are now available for purchase from the Monterey District Office. The pass price list is below. 

NOTE: Day Use Passes are available at the entrance kiosks of the park you want to visit. Day Use Passes are NOT sold at the District Office.

The California State Parks Monterey District Front Office conducts 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  10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

At this time the Monterey District Office is accepting payment for pass sales and renewals by cash*, credit card, or check.
*When paying in cash exact change is required.

For more information, please contact the Monterey District Front Office at (831) 649-2836.

2024 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
Please Note: The Golden Bear Pass/Limited Use Golden Bear Pass will automatically extend through 2023, with no action required by passholders.

Golden Bear                      $0.00 
(2023 only)

Limited Use Golden Bear    $20.00

Disabled Discount Pass       $3.50

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


Alcohol consumption is not allowed at these Monterey District State Beaches/State Parks: Asilomar State Beach; Fort Ord Dunes State Beach; Monterey State Historic Park. Alcohol consumption is allowed at other state beaches as long as alcohol is not within 25 feet of the parking lot, or in the parking lot. Please check with local municipalities regarding alcohol consumption at non-State Park Monterey Peninsula 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.

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.

CA State Parks 4th Grade Adventurer Pass

4th Grade Pass

The CA State Parks Adventurer Pass is available for the free, one-year period during which your child is a 4th grader/4th grade equivalent, from September 1 through August 31 of that grade school year.
Monterey State Historic Park joins the list of eligible parks in 2024!!

For more information please visit: Adventure Pass (

NOTE: Passes are acquired via online registration and are not available at the Monterey District Office. Point Lobos and the Big Sur State Parks are not included in this pass.

NEW - California State Parks Virtual Adventurer App Debuts at Point Lobos!!

CA State Parks Adventurer AppWe’re excited to announce the launch of The California State Parks Virtual Adventurer App, your interactive guide to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and other California State Parks’ history and natural environment!

The app is an immersive augmented and virtual reality adventure that offers a variety of educational and exploratory experiences. Discover the untold stories of Whalers’ Cove and see why it’s the jewel of California State Parks.

Download the app today to use on your next trip to Point Lobos and experience the magic for yourself! You’ll hear about the different cultures who have made the area their home and see what makes it such a crossroads of communities.

The app currently features nine of California’s state parks, with more coming soon, so be sure to check regularly for newly added parks.
We’re grateful for the partnership with @time.looper and @ParksCalifornia for their help in bringing this emerging technology that will connect more people to parks.

Download now at

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: