Availability of Campgrounds Open During COVID-19
Last updated: May 25, 2021
Since the lifting of the Regional Stay at Home Order in January 2021, State Parks has reopened the majority of campground sites throughout the State Park System. A few sites, including group campsites, remain closed to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues.
Reservations can be made at least two days in advance (48 hours) prior to arrival at ReserveCalifornia.com. It is important to note that the demand for camping and lodging sites sometimes exceeds the available inventory. As such, the public is advised to do some research and have alternate parks in mind in case the first choice is booked.
State Parks has implemented measures to reduce people from gaming the reservation system, such as:
- Hardware and applications that provide several layers of safety for the ReserveCalifornia system and users.A policy that strictly states that reservations made via ReserveCalifornia are for personal use only.
- Any resale, transfer, use, for-profit activity or memberships that are not approved in advance by California State Parks are strictly prohibited and will be subject to immediate cancellation without notice, refund or reimbursement. Accounts may be blocked, terminated and cancelled without notice by the department for any attempts or participation in any prohibited or unlawful activities. There is currently only one approved vendor to operate as third-party partners – HipCamp.
Whether you are an experienced outdoor enthusiast or a new one, we look forward to seeing you on trails, beaches, mountains and the deserts but ask that you recreate responsibly as we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view our latest COVID-19 guidelines. You can find camping safety tips at www.parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips. For camping information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/Camping.
Thank you for helping reduce the exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. Together we are protecting the safety of visitors and those who take care of the State Park System.
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community from COVID-19 by following these prevention measures while recreating in California’s State Park System:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick.
- Plan Ahead - Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
- Keep Your Distance – Avoid crowds. If there are too many people at a park or beach, please visit on a different day.
- Wear a Mask – State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Everyone: In indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers, face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status.
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.