Open year round. Day use hours are from 8am to 30 minutes after Sunset.
Fremont Peak State Park
As of September 1, 2021, Fremont Peak SP will have a District Superintendent Posted Order for fire restrictions. The order is in place until further notice due to critical fire danger and reduced capacity to fight fires.
The fire restrictions are as follows:
- No wood fires
- No charcoal fires
- No compressed log fires
- No smoking
Self-contained gas or propane stoves are allowed in designated campgrounds or picnic areas, but visitors should have water or a fire extinguisher nearby to put out any uncontrolled fire.
What is open now?
- Park hours are 8 am to 1/2 hour after sunset.
- All parking lots and trails are open.
- Camping is now open
What is currently closed?
- Due to a maintenance project, the Doe Flats Group Camp will be closed the entire month of April, reopening on May 1.
- Fremont Peak Observatory is closed.
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- 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.
Be COVID-19 Safe– State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings.For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
- 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.
As of May 20th, 2021 wood and charcoal fires are NOT allowed in the park. Collecting any wood, leaves or other material to burn is not allowed. Tickets will be issued for people collecting wood or other materials to burn. Cooking with gas stoves are allowed but must be monitored at all times.
If you have questions about camping, reservations, amenities, they might already be answered in our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have further questions, contact us by email or phone listed in the Contacts section of the main webpage for Fremont Peak State Park.
This park features expansive views of Monterey Bay, from its hiking trails in the grasslands of the higher peaks of the Gavilan Range. Other views include the San Benito Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Big Sur. Pine and oak woodlands in the park are home to many birds and mammals. There are camping and picnic facilities in the park. The park also features an astronomical observatory with a 30-inch telescope, which is open for public programs on selected evenings.
Off of Highway 156, 11-miles south of San Juan Bautista on San Juan Canyon Road.
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.
Facilities - Activities
Park Brochure/Map available online only.
It’s best to arrive before sundown as vehicle headlights after sunset disrupt astronomers’ night vision. Clouds or rain will cancel astronomy programs. Check the link below for program dates.
In general, astronomers are friendly, outgoing, and happy to allow you to view through their telescopes and answer your questions. A few courtesies that will enhance everyone’s experience:
- Do not touch any part of any telescope unless the owner instructs you on the proper method. In particular, do not touch any glass optical surfaces.
- Please be sure that all children are supervised around telescopes.
Remember, using lights near telescopes at night is highly disruptive. A piece of red "cellophane" wrapped over the end of a flashlight and held in place with a rubber band works great.
For more information take this link to the Fremont Peak Observatory Association