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.

Bryan May

Bryan May is Chief of Public Information & Media Relations for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Prior to joining Cal OES in 2017, Bryan spent 30 years as an Emmy award winning television anchor and reporter.

11 thoughts on “California State Parks Temporarily Closes All Campgrounds in the State Park System

  • March 18, 2020 at 1:20 pm
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    I am planning a trip to El Mirage Dry Lake, which I believe is BLM land. Will El Mirage stay open?

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    • March 19, 2020 at 5:02 pm
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      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.

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    • March 26, 2020 at 8:33 am
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      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!!!!!!!

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  • March 18, 2020 at 1:34 pm
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    How can you get a refund without incurring any charges?

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    • March 19, 2020 at 5:55 pm
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      You should not be charged but go on the website you booked your reservations on reserve California.org if state park. Or campamerica for forest hope this helps. TOTAL BUMMER
      STAY POSSITIVE . TURN THE RADIO ON AND TURN IT UP LOL.
      GOD BLESS AMERICA

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  • March 19, 2020 at 8:56 pm
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    During the closure of campgrounds at Don Pedro is it still possible to launch a fishing boat and go fishing for the day ?

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  • May 27, 2020 at 2:18 pm
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    When will the campgrounds @ San Elijo State Beach campground be open again?

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  • May 27, 2020 at 6:34 pm
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    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.

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  • May 28, 2020 at 8:51 am
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    I am asking about Leo Carrillo Campground. What phase will they be opened for camping?

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