Fremont Peak State Park
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
How do I make a reservation to camp or group camp?
Campsite reservations are handled by ReserveCalifornia at Fremont Peak State Park Campsite Reservations or by calling 1-800-444-7275. You can reserve a specific site 48 hours or more in advance in the Valley View Camp Loop, Oak Point Camp Loop, or at Doe Flat Group Camp for a group of up to 40 people . To make a reservation you need to make a free account with ReserveCalifornia. There is a reservation fee of $7.99 per reservation. For further details visit General Rules.
How can I check the availability of campsites?
You can check what campsites are reserved at www.reservecalifornia.com/, just put in the park name (Fremont Peak SP), an arrival date, and number of nights to get to the park page. Once there, click on one of the campground loops and see what sites are available. If the box for the site is green, it can be reserved 2 or more days in advance. If the site has a red box with an ‘x’, it is reserved. If the box is teal with a person symbol, then it can’t be reserved and may or may not be occupied. Staff does not answer the phone at the park, so a response will be delayed.
The campground if fully booked, can I still camp at Fremont Peak State Park?
Possibly, there are 4 non-reservable campsites at Fremont Peak State Park, sites 1, 12, 14, & 15. Sites 12, 14, & 15 can only accommodate a tent. The only way to obtain one of these sites is to purchase it when you arrive at the park if it is not occupied. If you want to stay on a weekend, we suggest you start your stay on Friday night to increase the chances of obtaining one of these sites.
Can I reserve an ADA accessible site if I am not disabled?
No, ADA accessible sites require a disabled person to occupy. Unoccupied accessible campsites shall be held for persons with disabilities until 5:00 pm each day. If an accessible campsite is not occupied by 5:00 pm the site may be occupied on a first-come, first-served basis to a person without a disability for one night only. This process repeat daily. https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1029
Where can I park my additional vehicle if it can't fit at my campsite?
After paying your additional vehicle fee, you are welcome to park the vehicle in any available Day Use Parking spot. You cannot park in an adjacent campsite even if it is unoccupied, you would have to pay the camping fee for that site if you park there.
Can I camp with an RV at Fremont Peak State Park?
Yes, but only at some sites in the Valley View Campground Loop. We do not recommend RV’s over 25 feet in length due to the curvy road to the park, tight turns in the campground, and small driveways for each RV Primitive site. There are no hookups or dump station available at Fremont Peak State Park. Sites that can accommodate an RV are 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, & 11. Sites 3, 8, and 10 have sloped driveways which may make leveling more difficult.
Do I need to list all the vehicles for my reservation before I get to the park?
No. We do not have ability to check in your vehicles before you arrive. Just check in with park staff when they come by your campsite and pay for any additional vehicles by self-registering at the payment area.
How do I pay fees at the park?
Fees are required to be paid upon arrival at the park. If you don’t have a camping reservation or are visiting for the day you can pay at our fee station. The station is located in the first Day Use Parking lot you encounter at the park. There is a self-registration sign and a fee payment receptacle near the payment envelopes. Each car must be registered and display the self-registration permit. We take cash for payment.
Can I pay fees at the park with a credit card?
When can I have a fire in the fire rings?
Wood or Charcoal campfires are only permitted when fire conditions allow it. Fire conditions change throughout the year at the park and at any time fires can be banned with no advanced notice. Prepare to be able to cook your food with a gas stove in case fires are banned. Wood and Charcoal fires usually get banned from June to November.
Can I make a reservation for tonight?
No, campground site reservations must be made 48 hours or more in advance.
How do I cancel my reservation?
To receive a partial refund on your reservation you must cancel your reservation online or by phone with ReserveCalifornia at least 24 hours before your arrival day.
Can I bring my dog to Fremont Peak State Park?
Yes, but dogs are NOT allowed on park trails. You must have immediate control of your dog at all times and when the dog is not in a tent or vehicle they must be on a 6ft or less length leash.
If I don’t camp at my site on the first night of my two or more night reservation, will I lose my reservation for night two?
Possibly, any campsite that is reserved by the same person for two or more nights and is not occupied on the first night can lose the second and following nights. Please contact the park (831) 623-4255 and leave a message before noon of your second night so staff doesn’t sell your campsite to someone else.
Where do I check in to confirm my reservation?
Fremont Peak State Park does not have a kiosk to check in at. During your stay, a staff person will most likely check in with you. Please have proof of your reservation with you.
What is the arrival time for my campsite?
When is the latest I can arrive at my campsite?
For a single night reservation you can arrive anytime, just keep in mind quiet time is 10pm to 8am. For multiple night reservations, you must arrive before 12pm the day after your due in date or you may forfeit your reservation. If you are not going to make your first night please call the park and nofity us that you still want to camp on the second and following nights of your reservation.
What is the check out time for my campsite?
Do the park campgrounds have flush toilets and showers?
No. The toilets are fixed vault toilets with lockable doors.
Is there any place to fish near Fremont Peak State Park?
Yes, northwest of San Juan Bautista there is a privately owned RV park with a fishing pond. The pond is part of a private business, which charges fees to use. The RV Park is called Lake McAlpine & Park at 900 Anzar Road, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045.
How far away is Monterey or Santa Cruz from Fremont Peak State Park?
Fremont Peak State Park is located about 46 miles from Santa Cruz and about 43 miles from Monterey. Depending on traffic it can take anywhere from 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours to get to each location from Fremont Peak.