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UPDATE (December 4, 2020): For the latest updates on camping, tours, and lifeguard programs, please scroll down.
California State Parks

Invent Your Adventure

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UPDATE December 4, 2020

The California Department of Parks and Recreation thanks visitors for their partnership as we collectively enable responsible recreation that protects the health of visitors and the dedicated parks staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below you will find the latest update on reservations for California's State Parks System:

On December 3, California issued a Regional Stay at Home Order to stop the surge of COVID-19 cases and prevent a strain on the health care system. This action will help protect critical care for patients.

The new order will be implemented regionally once there is less than 15 percent ICU capacity remaining in the following designated regions: Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. State campground sites within these regions will be temporarily closed in accordance with the order.

Whether your specific reservation will be canceled depends on whether the selected campground is located within one of the impacted regions. If the campsite is within an impacted region, your reservation will be canceled, possibly with little advance notice, due to the critical need to stop the COVID-19 surge. Affected reservation holders will be contacted by ReserveCalifornia via email and provided with a refund. Reservation cancellations and refunds will be automatic. As such, visitors do not need to take any action. However, please note that due to the volume of visitors affected, the refund process may take some time.

While the Regional Stay at Home Order restricts certain activities, the state also recognizes that mental health is physical health. As such, day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public will remain open. Members of the same household are encouraged to stay local and recreate responsibly in the outdoors.

As a reminder, all guided tours at parks and museums remain suspended until further notice and the 2020 Junior Lifeguard Program has been canceled. Participants that have signed up for the program are being notified and refunds will be provided automatically.

We have flattened the COVID-19 curve before and, together, we can do it again. Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve or www.covid19.ca.gov.






Welcome to ReserveCalifornia™

Welcome to ReserveCalifornia™. With 280 park units, California is home to the largest state park system in the nation. In an effort to enhance the experience of our visitors both online and in our park units, California State Parks launched a new reservation system dubbed ReserveCalifornia™ on Aug. 1, 2017.


One key difference from the previous reservation system and the new one, is that we moved from a block or on-sale day reservation period to a rolling window. This means that you can reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Detailed information about this new feature and others can be found in our FAQs section of this website.



New Enhancements

Bots: Security features were installed to reduce the opportunities for 'bots' to access reservations and negatively impact the availability of campsites and tour ticket opportunities.


Search Functions: The calendar view now gives you the option to pick available dates for next weekend, furthest arrival date, or select a date. Picking the type of rental desired has also been simplified. You now have the option to select the type of rental such as camping, group camping or hook up camping


Modifications: Our visitors can now only modify their reservations up to two times, with the exception of Crystal Cove Beach Cottages where no modifications are allowed.


Third Party Vendors: Reservations 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. You may also not be allowed to make any reservations or open new accounts. There are currently no approved vendors to operate as third party partners.

Travel Ideas

Our parks are loved by many within and outside the state of California. Sometimes the demand for our camping and lodging sites exceeds our inventory. Plan, do your research, and have alternate parks in mind in case your first choice is booked.


California State Parks has something for everybody - year-round. Whether it's hiking, biking, strolling on a beach or cross-country skiing, state parks has it all. You can walk through the redwoods, sail on a lake, view wildlife, explore the desert, see history first-hand in historic sites, and just relax with family and friends.


For more information about California's 280 state parks, check out www.parks.ca.gov #InventYourAdventure | #CAStateParks

Please check out our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for details on the new system or subscribe to our news feed to receive the latest information.

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