Annual Passes - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Annual Passes
Frequently Asked Questions

What Passes Are Available for 2019?

As a result of the positive feedback we received from our visitors, the 2019 Annual Pass Program (expiration 2020) is offering the same passes we provided last year.  These passes include the following:

  • "California Explorer" Annual Pass ($195), offering vehicle entrance to 134 state parks, including the high demand Southern California beaches along the Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Coasts.
  • The popular "Golden Poppy" Annual Pass ($125) is making a comeback, and will include vehicle entrance to 112 state parks including most reservoirs and many popular destination parks and northern California beaches.

  • The "Historian Passport ($50) will include admission to up to four people to State Historic Parks that generally charge a per-person admission fee.  Pass holders will be able to tour a California mission, see where the gold rush happened and experience Native American culture.

  • The "Tahoe Regional" Annual Pass ($75) will include 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.

Where Are the 2019 Annual Passes Available for Purchase?

Annual Passes are available for purchase via our online store and in-person at our Park Pass Sales Office, at 1416 9th Street, Room 116, in Sacramento, California.  Passes are also available for purchase at most District and Sector offices and many Park Units. Call ahead for availability.

For questions or more information, please contact the Park Pass Sales Office at (800) 777-0369 ext. 2 or (916) 653-8280.

Does the Annual Passes Include Boat Launching?

No. Boat users can purchase a boat sticker to affix to their pass to cover boat launching.  The boat sticker is $100 for each vessel, same as last year.

Any Special Rules for Oversized Vehicles?

Yes. In the high-demand units of southern California we must charge fees according to the space you occupy. If your recreational vehicle occupies two spaces, we offer an Oversized Vehicle sticker for an additional $75. This fee is designed to recover revenue lost when an oversized vehicle uses more than one space that could have been filled by an additional paying vehicle. The fee will also deter large vehicle owners from expanding their recreational vehicles (RV) in a parking area, limiting space for other paying visitors. If the vehicle’s traveling length and width extend beyond two spaces, additional stickers may be purchased to cover the number of spaces occupied by the vehicle. Additional stickers cannot be purchased to accommodate a vehicle’s extended size. Stickers may only be used to cover the traveling size. Extending a shade canopy or additional equipment into adjoining spaces beyond traveling size will require a day use fee for each additional space used.