California State Parks “California Explorer” Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass


The "California Explorer" Annual Pass at $195 offers the most value including the popular Southern California beaches along the Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Coasts like Huntington Beach, Leo Carrillo and Carlsbad State Beaches. This pass is also honored at most parks throughout the state that are operated by California State Parks and charge a vehicle day use fee. 

The California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is valid for 12 months from the month purchased.  This pass does not provide access to State Vehicular Recreation Areas (i.e. designated off-highway vehicle trails and/or open areas), is not valid for camping, boat use fees, oversized vehicle fees, additional/extra vehicle fees, sanitation disposal use, or other supplemental fees, and is valid only in parks operated by California State Parks. Admittance and use subject to available space.  The pass (photocopies not accepted) must be presented at entrance station and displayed on the rearview mirror or vehicle dashboard (as applicable) when visiting state parks that honor this pass; proof  of purchase not accepted for entry.  View the California Explorer Annual Pass Terms and Conditions and complete list of parks accepting and not accepting the pass.

To purchase a California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass, please visit us at the California State Parks Store.  Passes are also available for purchase at many units of the California State Park System (please contact in advance to ensure availability).

For assistance with ordering this pass or questions on order status, email

For general questions on pass use, email

Note: Lost or stolen passes cannot be replaced and no refunds can be issued.