California State Parks Temporarily Closes All Campgrounds in the State Park System


California State Parks announced today the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the state park system to support state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

As of today, non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing and maintain at least six feet between other visitors and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to take soap for hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available. 

Most importantly, State Parks recommends that everyone follow precautionary guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health, public local health agencies, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when recreating in the outdoors. 

Last week, State Parks temporarily suspended guided tours and large events, and temporarily closed facilities such as visitor centers and museums.

State Parks is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and is committed to following the state’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on how State Parks is supporting the state’s COVID-19 efforts, please follow State Parks on its social media platforms: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


  1. peter ferry

    I am planning a trip to El Mirage Dry Lake, which I believe is BLM land. Will El Mirage stay open?

    • Mary

      BLM is federal land and in general not fenced or has any facilities at all. I can’t imagine how it could be closed in any way but check with the BLM district office.

    • Shelter In Place

      STAY HOME!!!!! Or, better yet, please let us know your make, model, color, and the license plate number of your vehicle so we can make sure you get there safely… SIP means DO NOT LEAVE THE COMMUNITY YOU ARE AT!!!!!!!

  2. Terry Miller

    How can you get a refund without incurring any charges?

    • Kathy simpson

      You should not be charged but go on the website you booked your reservations on reserve if state park. Or campamerica for forest hope this helps. TOTAL BUMMER

  3. Damian E Rodriguez

    During the closure of campgrounds at Don Pedro is it still possible to launch a fishing boat and go fishing for the day ?

  4. Joyce Timms

    When will the campgrounds @ San Elijo State Beach campground be open again?

  5. Maria

    I have a camping reservation for June 7th to the 13th at Pfeiffer Big Sur camping ground will if open on the 8th is it possible to still go for your remaining booked day? If open.

  6. Milena

    I am asking about Leo Carrillo Campground. What phase will they be opened for camping?

  7. Mike Beyer

    It makes no sense that campgrounds are closed,but trails and restrooms are open.

  8. Joe Ingalls

    Its time to reopened the state parks
    ,The barber shop’s are now open and beauty salons are open.

  9. Darren

    So lame. We can eat in a restraunt inside with no problem but camping is suddenly a high risk activity. Had a group of 10 staying in single tents in a group campsite that can hold 25 at Henry Coe and our reservation was just cancelled. This stupid steps doesn’t even jive with California Public Health and CDC guidelines. Everything else is opening up but camping is suddenly “high risk”. This is the kind of non-sensical, illogical steps that might get the Governor recalled.

  10. Bill Pitlick

    Will Lake Natoma be open to spectators at the PAC-12 Rowing championships on May 16?



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